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Groundbreaking Launches Next Phase of Las Vegas CC Expansion

Hil Anderson
, Senior Editor
January 8, 2018
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Las Vegas — The next phase of the ambitious expansion and renovation of the sprawling Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) officially began in January, a day before the opening of CES, the landmark Las Vegas trade show which is also tied to the expansion’s targeted completion date.

The ceremony featuring shovel-wielding VIPs launched Phase Two of the $860 million project, which the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) expects to be completed in time for CES 2021.

“This expansion will allow us to not only retain our status as the No. 1 convention city, but also ensure our economic future by continuing to provide the unparalleled experience our guests and clients have come to expect,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, President and CEO of the LVCVA. “The Las Vegas Convention Center District (LVCCD) project will give us a convention center tantamount to one of the world’s most iconic and vibrant cities.”

The project will add 1.4 million square feet (sf) to the center’s overall footprint, including approximately 600,000 sf of prime exhibit space. The expansion will enable the center to host more exhibitions and accommodate the growth of major shows such as CES.

The LVCC is currently No. 3 on the Trade Show Executive (TSE) World’s Top Convention Centers (WTCC) rankings with 1,940,631 sf of prime exhibit space. It also offers 241,536 sf of meeting space, plus a huge inventory of hotel rooms in the neighborhood.

The LVCVA told TSE last year that the expansion would increase the center’s prime space to 2,540,631 sf, pushing it from third place to a very close second on the WTCC behind Chicago’s McCormick Place, which has 2,600,000 sf of prime space. Currently, McCormick Place and the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando (2,100,000 sf) are the only centers on the WTCC with more than 2 million sf of prime space.

The final step will be the renovation phase with a completion date slated for 2023. The first phase of the overall project wrapped up in January 2017 with the razing of the old Riviera Hotel and Casino and creation of the Diamond Lot, which includes 3,100 parking places and 20 acres of outdoor exhibit space.

Reach Rossi Ralenkotter at (702) 892-2800 or


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