Anaheim Approves Convention Center Expansion

The Anaheim (Calif.) City Council has given the final go-ahead for a 200,000 square foot, $180-million expansion of the Anaheim Convention Center.

The expansion, which will be flexible space that can be used as meeting rooms, ballrooms or exhibit halls, will take the place of a current parking garage on the northeast side of the venue. A parking garage sandwiched into the new building will replace the lost parking spaces.

Construction on the expansion is scheduled to begin this summer and be completed by the fall of 2016, in time for the 2017 editions of the NAMM Show (which drew 96,000 attendee in January) and Natural Products Expo West, two very large trade shows whose audiences like Anaheim but don’t have enough space available in the current facility.

The expansion, the seventh since the convention center was built in 1967, will bring the venue to 1.8 million square feet of rentable space.

City and Anaheim-Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau officials have noted in the past that the city, while a popular trade show destination, feels the heat of regional competitors like San Diego, which already has its own venue expansion in the works, and Los Angeles, which is considering one.

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Posted by Michael Hart

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