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Louisville, KY Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 127
Total Sleeping Rooms 20,236
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,310
Committable Meeting Rooms* 53
Convention Center Space 304,291 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 1,600,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 78,700 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $118
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $59
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $191
*Maximum for a single hotel

Meeting Planning in Louisville, KY

Kentucky Exposition Center

With an impressive 1.2 million square feet of space set on 400 acres, the Kentucky Exposition Center currently ranks sixth in size among U.S. facilities of its kind. Guests need not travel far to access this immense space, as it is located alongside routes I-65 and I-264 and across the street from the airport. Its location is also convenient for overnight guests, as nearly 13,000 hotel rooms are found within close proximity of the Exposition Center.

With two arenas, the center can hold 73,000 people at once, not counting those who might be making use of one of its 35 meeting rooms. Freedom Hall, an indoor arena suitable for large-scale productions such as concerts, trade shows, and conventions, seats 19,000 people. The more intimate Broadbent Arena holds 6,600 guests. Outside, 300 acres of demonstration areas are ideal to get guests out of the boardroom, and the center's arena for equestrian or livestock events has over 1,000 permanent horse stalls.

The Kentucky Exposition Center has 19,000 parking spaces and offers onsite concessions and catering services to provide a full complement of dining options. Wireless internet and audiovisual options are available by arrangement. The facility also offers outdoor and indoor electrical services, booth and exhibit cleaning, and freight handling and equipment. Serving as the permanent home for the Kentucky State Fair, the Kentucky Exposition Center has proven itself to be a well-run venue integral to the life of Louisville.

Kentucky International Convention Center

With over 300,000 square feet of space and a central location in the core of Louisville's downtown, the Kentucky International Convention Center is an excellent venue for events of any size. The renovated and expanded facility features 200,125 square feet of contiguous exhibit space and a 40,000-square-foot ballroom. It is projected to earn LEED Silver certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The new design truly integrates the center into the already walkable downtown corridor. Easily accessible by any of three interstates or a 10-minute drive from the Louisville International Airport, the center's convenient location also places it within walking distance of 6,000 hotel rooms.

In addition, it includes a 175-seat conference theater, offering state-of-the-art technology to ensure that every presentation is a success. Though the entire center itself offers wireless internet and a full range of audiovisual capabilities, guests to the theater also can enjoy audio, video, and data conferencing via a 9-foot by 12-foot screen, two cameras, and microphones located throughout the seating area. Onsite catering at the Kentucky International Convention Center is provided by Levy Restaurants, and parking can be found in its attached garages.

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