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SEP 2018

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September 2018 16 www.sportseventsmagazine.com foot ballroom, 500,000 square feet of exhibit space, 84 breakout rooms and 20,000 square feet of specialty space. About 850 parking spaces have also been added in addition to green spaces on the 52-acre, tree-lined campus." ► ATLANTA, GEORGIA Georgia World Congress Center (GWCC) "With the incredible transformations taking place at the Georgia World Congress Cen- ter Authority (GWCCA) campus as well as Philips Arena, the options for clients will continue to expand in Atlanta," said Mark Vaughan, executive vice president and chief sales officer for the Atlanta CVB. "From LEED certifications to walkability of 11,800 hotel rooms, these facilities favor- ably add to the city's destination appeal." Holly Richmond, director of communi- cations for the GWCC shared, that in July, Governor Nathan Deal and the GWCCA Board of Governors officially broke ground on the GWCC first major expansion since 2002. The $55 million expansion on the GWCCA project will add a 100,000-square- foot exhibit hall between the convention center's B and C Buildings to create more than 1 million square feet of contiguous exhibition space. Combining and add- ing space creates the opportunity for the GWCC to attract major events within the expanded footprint. The potential economic impact of the new exhibition space is esti- mated to be $632 million. "We are one of only five convention centers in the country offering one million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and when combined with our impressive suite of venues, Atlanta is well positioned for the future," said William Pate, president and CEO of the Atlanta CVB in the news conference. The GWCC has undergone four previous expansions and now consists of three main buildings, making it the fourth-largest con- vention center in the country. ► LOUISVILLE, KENTUCKY Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC) Hannah Fisher, marketing manager for the KICC reports that the newly improved convention center reopened in August after being closed for two years for $207 million in renovations and expansions. Designers used glass and canopy sky- lights to connect the indoors and outdoors, and deliver light to the lobbies to create a visually appealing space. The Fourth Street lobby includes a grand staircase and high-capacity Wi-Fi, along with digital signage as part of the conven- tion center's wayfinding system. High- definition A/V systems have been installed, as well as a facilitywide sound system for announcements and alarms. High-efficiency LED lighting and HVAC systems provide energy-saving improvements. The redesign increased the contiguous exhibit space by more than a third and the improvements include more than 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 40,000-square-foot ball- room, 52 meeting rooms and a 175-seat tired conference theater that combine into more than 940,000 square feet of space. KICC is located within walking distance to Whiskey Row, the Louisville Slugger Museum, the Muhammad Ali Center, 4th Street Live!, the Urban Bourbon Trail and the Frazier History Museum. With the reopening and expansion, the center has booked 84 convention groups with contracts signed for 112 events through 2024 and an anticipated economic impact of $246 million. ► NEW ORLEANS, LOUISIANA Ernest N. Morial Convention Center Convention Center Pedestrian Park "The newly renovated Ernest N. Morial Convention Center offers 1.1 million square feet of contiguous exhibit space and is the sixth-largest convention facility in the ► Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS The Albany Capital Center Northeast Open Albany Capital Center Prefunction space in the Memphis Cook Convention Center Memphis Travel

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