Charlotte Convention Center expansion completed
This is a nearly $ 127 million expansion project that spanned two years. On Thursday, Charlotte executives unveiled the building’s new rooms.
CHARLOTTE, North Carolina – The Charlotte Convention Center expansion project is complete and a new, more modern section was officially opened Thursday.
The convention center was built around 25 years ago, but the city wanted to improve it to attract more businesses, events and parties to the queen city.
He already has a story of his own. The building has hosted six US Presidents as well as 11 million people for events large and small since its construction.
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“This project arrived on time and on budget,” Charlotte Mayor Vi Lyles said at a press conference marking the completion of the expansion project.
It includes 50,000 square feet of additional meeting and event space, more rooms, floor-to-ceiling windows, a roof to congregate for events, and a pedestrian walkway that connects the Westin hotel across the street. Street.
“This will be important for our lunch, our happy hour and everything in between,” said Delano Little, co-owner of The Public House, a restaurant and bar one block away.
He and other Uptown companies are delighted that construction is complete.
“It basically brings in a variety of people from all over the world and gives us the chance to get a taste of what we’re doing here and in our place,” he said.
Like many businesses in Uptown, The Public House is ready for more crowds after a tough year or two due to the pandemic.
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“So we’ve just been sitting and waiting and hoping everything will be back to normal, so to hear that the convention center is finished and ready for business and to try to attract more people – that brings a big smile on my face, ”Little said.
Completion also means road closures are made in surrounding areas, reducing headaches for commuters.
The Charlotte Regional Visitor’s Authority said that in 2019, before the pandemic, the convention center helped generate some $ 255 million in direct visitor spending at businesses in the region.
Many of these companies are hoping that reality will return as people and events return to the city.