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Trade Show Executive Large Convention Centers Report Preview: The Leaders in Trade Show Venue Trends

Carson Stoolmiller, Assistant Editor, Research
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CHICAGO — A commonality among the largest trade show venues in North America is the consistent progress towards facility improvements. Whether remodeling or expanding, six centers among the top 10 biggest by amount of prime exhibit space in the U.S. are pursuing projects to offer trade show organizers and meeting planners new event spaces. Trade Show Executive’s Large Convention Centers report has all the details on developments at Tier I (1,000,000+ square feet [sf] of prime exhibit space) and Tier II (350,000 to 999,999 sf of prime exhibit space) convention centers.

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Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort & Casino (ranked #9 by prime exhibit sf) wrapped up renovations in the spring of 2024, and now features a fully upgraded technological infrastructure, as well as new digital signage available to show organizers. The Venetian Expo/The Venetian Resort Las Vegas (#5) as well as the New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center (#7) are also remodeling and refreshing their facilities.

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In Louisville, the Kentucky Exposition Center (#6) is in the design/site selection phase for its expansion, and a groundbreaking date has yet to be set. Discussions for an addition to the Orange County Convention Center (#3) in Orlando are ongoing, and firm plans have not been announced at this time. The Las Vegas Convention Center (#2) is in the midst of a renovation that will reconfigure its floorplan to offer 2,449,337 sf of prime exhibit space once construction concludes in December 2025.

Tier II venues have no shortage of new event space developments either. In Q4 of 2025, the Greater Fort Lauderdale/Broward County Convention Center in Florida intends to finish its expansion, while the Indiana Convention Center & Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis plans on debuting its new space in late 2026. An expansion is also in progress at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas with a target completion date of Q4 2028.

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TSE’s Large Convention Centers report also offers a deep dive into the statistics of Tier I and II venues. North America is home to 55 of these facilities, and when combined, they provide 40,532,825 sf of prime exhibit space. The average center has 736,960 sf of prime exhibit space, and the median amount of space among these complexes is 574,000 sf.

Everything is bigger in Texas including convention centers, as the Lone Star State is home to five Tier I and II complexes, the most of any state. However, in terms of square footage at large venues, Nevada offers 5,213,186 sf, making it the top state in that metric by more than 1 million sf.

Check out the full Large Convention Centers report in the August issue of TSE Magazine.

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To submit a venue for consideration in TSE’s World’s Top Convention Centers directory, email Carson Stoolmiller at carsons@tradeshowexecutive.com.

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