Anaheim Convention Center to Expand Outdoor Event Space

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Anaheim, CA – The Anaheim Convention Center will increase its event space by 100,000 square feet with a new outdoor plaza that will be completed in 2012. The Grand Plaza project does not include any dedicated indoor exhibit space, but it will greatly overhaul and increase the outdoor multi-function area that is available year-round.

“Our excellent weather is the perfect backdrop for this space,” said Charles Ahlers, president of the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. “Groups can dine al fresco, listen to concerts, or attend receptions and exhibitions.”

The design enhances the ability of trade show attendees to stroll between the convention center and the adjacent hotels. It also includes concessions and areas where shuttle buses can pick up and drop off passengers. The project footprint runs along the main entrance to the convention center on Convention Way between the Anaheim Marriott and Hilton Anaheim hotels. It then curves around to the center’s Exhibit Hall D. Construction will begin in the Spring and will be completed before the end of 2012.

The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention facility in California. It has 842,000 square feet of prime exhibit space and is rated No. 13 on Trade Show Executive’s World’s Top Convention Centers list of largest North American centers.

Reach Charles Ahlers at (714) 765-8888 or cahlers@anaheimoc.org; Executive Director Tom Morton at (714) 765-8920 or tmorton@anaheim.net