Category: Convention Centers

R.I. Convention Center Taking Patients

The convention center, managed by ASM Global, has become a 600-bed field hospital. (Courtesy venue) Set up as field hospital in spring, it’s now getting COVID-19 overflow The Rhode Island Convention Center is again being used as a field hospital. The ASM Global-managed facility in Providence had been set up over two weeks in late March and early April as a field hospital to handle overflow from local hospitals as the novel coronavirus spread in the U.S. But as was the case at a number of convention centers and other venues, it wasn’t ultimately needed, said Lawrence Lepore, general manager of the convention center and the adjacent arena, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center. The hospital had been set up by the Army Corps of Engineers, which awarded a contract to AECOM to design it. It was about to be decommissioned and the state hired a contractor in early November to convert […]

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New Jersey Convention Centers Team Up

The new coalition is working toward the day when members can welcome back full-size crowds. (Courtesy New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center) Six complexes get ‘on the same page’ for reopening Six New Jersey convention centers have joined forces to coordinate protocols and measures to ensure operations resume after the pandemic shutdown in as safe and responsible a manner as possible. The Spectra-managed Atlantic City Convention Center, the state’s largest with over 1 million square feet, spearheaded the effort to form the group, the New Jersey Convention Center Coalition. It also includes the Cape May Convention Center, Meadowlands Convention Center, New Jersey Convention and Exposition Center, Ocean City Music Pier/Civic Center and Wildwoods Convention Center. Ronnie Burt, the Atlantic City center’s vice president of sales and marketing, said the coalition idea arose when the convention center served as a 250-bed field medical center. “We knew that field medical center was […]

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McCormick Place Rooftop Garden Growing Strong

The garden atop McCormick Place, North America’s largest convention center, has gone from feeding event guests to providing healthy food and generating funds for vulnerable members of the Windy City area’s population.

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Austin Convention Center Looks to Reboot

The Austin Convention Center and Palmer Events Center are connecting event organizers with local health authorities to formulate plans for restarting programming.

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Convention Centers: Going By the Book

CROWD PLEASER: The Raleigh Convention Center has played a key role helping draw throngs to an annual bluegrass festival. (Courtesy Raleigh Convention Center) Raleigh complex details its cleaning procedures and processes for all to see The Raleigh Convention & Performing Arts Complex has released a 33-page “Re-Opening Protocols & Procedures Guide,” laying out in detail the measures it has taken to resume operations as safely as possible once it gets the go ahead to welcome events and guests. The guide includes procedures and processes — including cleaning and sanitation measures — to protect staff, event organizers, guests, performers and exhibitors from potential COVID-19 transmission. There are also venue-specific protocols for cases of employees or guests exhibiting symptoms. The guide is the result of consultations with industry experts, an examination of best industry practices. It takes into account local, state and federal guidelines, including guidance from the U.S. Centers for Disease […]

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America’s Center Gets It Together

America’s Center Convention Complex has returned to hosting events and has a new integrated venue management/marketing and communication software from EventBooking and SimpleView to help staff get the facility back on track amid the coronavirus disruption.

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Doors Begin to Open at Convention Centers

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., welcomed the Together Again Expo on July 24. (Courtesy OCCC) Smaller events are the rule as buildings emerge from shutdown Some convention centers are showing signs of life as events return amid the coronavirus pandemic, although most are small-scale gatherings. The Fort Worth (Texas) Convention Center, which for 93 days through mid-June had served as an overflow center for homeless individuals at a rate of about 300 a night, was preparing this week to host 3,000-4,000 guests Aug. 3-8 for Kenneth Copeland Ministries’ 40th annual Southwest Believers’ Convention, its first event since reopening in late June.    Mike Crum, director of the city’s public events department, which also includes the multivenue Will Rogers Memorial Center, said he is hearing from colleagues that convention centers in his region have begun hosting smaller, often locally focused events in the past month. John Page, president of […]

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Orlando Convention Center Sets July 14 Reopening

The Orange County Convention Center in Orlando, Fla., will reopen to events July 14 when it hosts the 47th Amateur Athletic Union Junior National Volleyball Championships, putting it among the first convention centers in North America to host an event after the coronavirus outbreak.

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Video: Digital Sessions With Jonathan O’Neil Cole and Chris Lamberth

Architects Jonathan O’Neil Cole of Pendulum Studio and Chris Lamberth of Tvsdesign Architecture & Design sat down with VenuesNow Senior Editor Don Muret to discuss the design of venues and how the traditional development of arenas, stadiums and convention centers will adjust over time.

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