Category: Convention Centers

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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China Walks Back Talk on Convention Venues

Chinese commuters navigate a bus terminal in Beijing on Wednesday. (Getty Images) It’s unclear when facilities closed due to COVID-19 may reopen Recent indications from municipal authorities in China that certain convention and exhibition facilities closed because of the coronavirus pandemic would be allowed to reopen at least temporarily have been countermanded by the country’s central government. According to Cliff Wallace, president of Atlanta-based CW Venue Advisory Services LLC, it’s again unclear when public assembly facilities will be allowed to resume hosting large-scale events. When they are allowed, strictures such as mandatory temperature monitoring, closely regulated social distancing and checks of identification cards embedded with data about individuals’ health status are likely to be widespread, he said. Wallace, who was managing director of the Hong Kong Convention and Exhibition Centre from 1995 to 2012 and was instrumental in helping that venue and others cope with SARS in early 2003, said […]

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