SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2018

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September 2018 18 www.sportseventsmagazine.com country," said Rosalie Mortillaro, commu- nications manager for New Orleans' Ernest N. Morial Convention Center. "Blocks from the world-famous French Quarter, the cen- ter and surrounding areas are undergoing a $557 million, five-year capital improvement plan that includes a new convention center headquarter hotel and a 7.5-acre pedestrian park that spans the length of the center along Convention Center Boulevard." "The Ernest N. Morial New Orleans Exhibition Hall Authority's exclusive mission is to finance, construct and operate facilities in order to attract and conduct conventions, trade shows and other events that support and expand the economy of both the State of Louisiana and New Orleans region," said Melvin Rodrigue, president of the Authority. Construction on Convention Center Boulevard is expected to be completed in 2020. Enhancements to the convention facility include meeting room and public area renovations using a more contempo- rary design. "These critical investments in the New Orleans community and in the convention center are in complete alignment with our vision to be a leading-edge organization known for innovative delivery of excep- tional event experiences in a world-class destination," said Michael Sawaya, president and general manager for the convention center. ► ALBANY, NEW YORK Albany Capital Center (ACC) "The Albany Capital Center is a versa- tile venue well suited for many sporting events such as basketball, volleyball and even roller derby," said Doug McClaine, general manager of the ACC. "Having direct access to the Times Union Center, via enclosed walkways, we offer unique options for our clients looking to hold a sporting event with us. The ACC is also conveniently located in downtown Albany and within walking distance to restaurants, hotels and nightlife, offering great options for spectators and players. Dhani Hoyte, account coordinator for Baker Public Relations, said the ACC fea- tures a 22,500-square-foot ballroom, six meeting rooms and 13,500 feet of pre-func- tion space for events. Directly connected to the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, the Times Union Center and the Egg Performing Arts Cen- ter, the spaces combine to form The Capital Complex, the largest meeting space in upstate New York, encompassing more than 159,000 square feet of space. "The Albany Capital Center is playing a vital role in the local economy," said Jill Delaney, president and CEO of Discover Albany. "This versatile facility has drawn new business to the county and that's good for everyone, from hoteliers to local busi- ness owners." ► OKLAHOMA CITY, OKLAHOMA Oklahoma City Convention Center (OCCC) "OKC Sports is thrilled about the new ► 800-772-0750 www.visiteffinghamil.com AT THE CROSSROADS OF I-57 AND I-70, A VIBRANT COMMUNITY AWAITS... Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS

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