Choosing a venue is like going on a blind date. Convention centers are like people, they each have their own personality and they all look a little bit different. Some have impeccable food service, others have modern, flexible conference space while some consistently have staff that go above and beyond.
Meetings have their own moods, too. Intimate or grand in scale, the feeling and experiences they create shape them for your events in the present and clients in the future. Well, the good folks at Associations Now made it a little easier to choose with their recent breakdown of matching your event mood to an actual center.
Take a look at the list and see which venue would make your client swipe right.
➔The Classic: Anaheim Convention Center, Anaheim, California
The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) is the largest convention center on the West Coast, and is growing: 200,000 sq. ft. of additional space is slated to be added in September 2017. The ACC has a 1.8 million sq. ft. facility with more than 1 million sq. ft. of exhibit space, 200,000 sq. ft. of outdoor event space, a 7,500 seat arena and a 100,000 sq. ft. column-free ballroom. In the convention center area, palm-tree lined plazas surround three hotels with a combined 3,092 rooms and 275,000 sq. ft. of function space. ACC is the largest convention center to earn 2016 LEED Gold certification for its environmentally friendly practices.
➔The Crafty Brewer: Boise Centre, Boise, Idaho
Boise, the City of Trees, is one of the trendiest craft brewing destinations in the country. Cheers! Grab a growler and hit one of the 208 breweries along the Boise Ale Trail. Idaho’s largest convention, meeting and trade-show facility, the Boise Centre opened in 1990. Boise Centre expansion is underway, with 36,000 sq. ft. of meeting and event space being added, bringing the new total square footage to 86,000. Eight new meeting rooms, a 14,000 sq. ft. ballroom and more than 4,000 sq. ft. of column-free, pre-function space are also planned. Other additions include a concourse, which will provide access between the existing Boise Centre and Boise Centre East.
➔The Tech Savvy: Colorado Convention Center, Denver, Colorado
Calling all tech nerds! The Colorado Convention Center in Denver received approval for a major expansion back in 2015 which, when complete, will produce the most high-tech, user-friendly meeting and event space in the nation. It will feature 85,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and ballroom space, as well as more than 100,000 sq. ft. of new service space, including a 50,000 sq. ft. outdoor rooftop terrace. Technology improvements to be made will position Colorado Convention Center as a top facility for Wi-Fi and video streaming. Science, art and technology will collide in an eye-popping installation outside the convention center. A 40-foot-tall blue bear was created to lean against the CCC windows, peering inside at all the action.
➔The Environmentalist: Oregon Convention Center, Portland, Oregon
Oregon Convention Center (OCC) in Portland is a leader in the sustainability field, earning LEED Platinum certification in 2014. The OCC has become the pinnacle of green meeting venues through storm-water management efforts, proximity to mass transit, keeping the air clean, using green cleaning products, moving smokers farther away from the building and sustainability education. OCC offers 255,000 sq. ft. of contiguous exhibit space, 50 meeting rooms, two grand ballrooms, full-service catering with a vast and diverse range of culinary options, and an 800-space underground parking garage. The convention center also features one of the highest-producing solar power arrays ever installed at a U.S. convention center.
➔The Old Hollywood Lover: Palm Springs Convention Center, Palm Springs, California
Selected as one of the Top 10 U.S. Most Stress-Free Airports by SmarterTravel, Palm Springs International Airport is located a little more than a red carpet walk from the Palm Springs Convention Center, making attending meetings a breeze. The Palm Springs Convention Center has more than 180,000 sq. ft. of meeting space, a 112,000-square-foot, fully carpeted exhibit hall, plus 410 guest rooms connected to the Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel. Meeting planners can dazzle groups by renting out the Frank Sinatra estate, Elvis and Priscilla Presley’s Honeymoon Hideaway or the former home of Clark Gable.