Meeting Planning in Charlotte, NC
Charlotte Convention Center
Located just 15 minutes from the airport, the Charlotte Convention Center opened in 1995 and attracts more than half a million visitors annually to banquets, conferences, conventions and tradeshows. The center's 280,000 square feet of exhibit space can be partitioned into four halls, each with separate loading docks, allowing for multiple simultaneous shows. Six VIP suites, featuring wet bars and private restrooms, overlook the exhibit halls. The center also boasts a 35,000-square-foot ballroom with accompanying 1,100-seat outdoor terrace and 46 meeting rooms equipped with state-of-the-art electronics. With the opening of the NASCAR Hall of Fame Complex in 2010 adjacent to the center, 102,000 square feet of space will be added including a new 44,000-square-foot ballroom.
With spacious alcoves, glass concourses and elegantly arched entrances ushering guests inside, the Charlotte Convention Center is not only functional but visually appealing as well. The grand concourse showcases public art displays that represent the history and community of the city created by artists from across the nation. The center has a full service in-house catering department available to meet any event need with delicious cuisine, both regional dishes such as Carolina flounder with smashed potatoes and collard greens and traditional entrees such as lasagna. The College Street Café also seats 375 guests for food court-style dining. An on-site business center, in-house audio-visual provider, and technology services including high-speed Internet access, webcasting and video conferencing are among other special amenities.
Though the center does not maintain its own parking facilities, plenty of parking is available in nearby lots, and the Westin Charlotte hotel adjacent to the center has parking for 1,600 vehicles. For visitors hoping to avoid parking, the LYNX light rail and Charlotte Trolley lines are a great alternative with lines running directly through the center.
In keeping with the efforts to improve the environment through sustainable events, the Charlotte Convention Center is the first in the state to "go green." Among its green initiatives are the usage of biodegradable cups, recycling paper, plastic, cardboard, toner cartridges and batteries, serving bulk teas and waters for large events, and donating leftover food to local food banks. Planners and guests can rest assured that any event at the Charlotte Convention Center will not only be a memorable one, but a sensible one as well.