SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2018

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September 2018 22 including football, soccer, lacrosse, band competitions and concerts. ► MEMPHIS, TENNESSEE Memphis Convention Center (MCC) "In addition to 'right-sizing' and modern- izing the convention center, we are also planning a dedicated sports complex and reskinning of outdoor structures, offering great choices for a variety of sports in Memphis," said Kevin Kane, president and CEO of the Memphis CVB. Located along the city's riverfront, every square inch of the MCC will be touched by this project. The convention center foot- print will be expanded and include outdoor terraces and glass-enclosed concourses, pre-function and meeting space, and other amenities that will showcase the skyline and Mississippi River views, according to Kevin Kern, vice president of public relations for Memphis Tourism. He also said that the project is expected to include conversions to the South Hall to create a large exhibit or meeting space, parking renovations and a new lobby. Digital wayfinding, public art and updated meeting spaces are part of the estimated $175 million project budget. Memphis Sportsplex A 185,000-square-foot indoor sports com- plex will be the centerpiece of a planned $95 to $100 million phase of development at the former Mid-South Fairgrounds in a plan presented in July 2018 to the Mem- phis City Council. The sports complex is expected to attract 50 events in its first year and generate an economic impact of $1 billion in 30 years. The proposed project would include improvements to the 58,000-seat Liberty Bowl Memorial Stadium, a new outdoor track and playing field at the Mid-South Fairgrounds and infrastructure for a hotel and retail development. ► CHARLESTON, WEST VIRGINIA Charleston Coliseum and Civic Center "We look forward to the completion of our $100 million expansion to our spec- tator arena and convention center," said John Robertson, general manager of the Charleston Civic Center. "We have always been attractive to the sports market. We just hosted the USA Boxing Junior [Olym- pic] National Championships in June for the third time and look forward to hosting NJCAA National Volleyball tournament for the third time in November. Addition- ally, we host four championships for the West Virginia high schools annually." "The Charleston Civic Center has begun a $100 million renovation project and will be open for business during expansion." said Anna Campbell, director of marketing for the center. "Glass lobbies will mark the arena, convention center and ballroom. An 8,000-square-foot pre-function reception area overlooking the Elk River will be adja- cent to a 25,000-square-foot ballroom. A 50,000-square-foot grand exhibit hall is also planned." n BE CHEERING FOR! FOR AN EVENT THEY'LL BEAST OF THE EAST CHEERLEADING For their annual event, the Beast of The East Cheerleading Competition jumps at the chance at having it at The Wildwoods Convention Center every April. Can you blame them? With 260,000 square feet of flexible space, convenient access to five beautiful miles of free beaches, a variety of nearby accommodations and an iconic boardwalk, youth events here are anything but routine. Choose the Wildwoods Convention Center and your young guests will be giving it an 'A' for Awesome! SCHEDULE YOUR NEXT EVENT WITH US! 800-992-9732 Modern amenities | State-of-the-art communication services | Catering/concession services | Adjacent to Wildwoods world-famous boardwalk and 5 miles of FREE beaches | Over 8,000 hotel rooms nearby | Convenient on-site parking for over 700 vehicles Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS

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