Louisville, KY Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 96
Total Sleeping Rooms 12,774
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 1,200
Committable Meeting Rooms* 53
Convention Center Space 1,200,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 216,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 30,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $101
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $61
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $290
*Maximum for a single hotel

Meeting Planning in Louisville, KY

Kentucky Exposition Center

An impressive 1.2 million square feet of space set on 400 acres, the Kentucky Exposition Center currently ranks 6th 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 to the Exposition Center.

With two arenas and a stadium, the center can hold 73,000 people at once, not counting those who might be making use of one of the center's 35 meeting rooms. Freedom Hall, an indoor arena suitable for large-scale productions such as concerts, tradeshows 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 on-site concessions and catering services to provide a full complement of dining options. Wireless Internet and audio-visual options are available by arrangement. The facility also offers outdoor and indoor electrical services, booth and exhibit cleaning, freight handling and equipment. Serving as the permanent home for the Kentucky State Fair, the Kentucky Exposition Center proves itself a well-run venue integral to the life of Louisville.

Kentucky International Convention Center

With 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 an event of any size. The center's distinctive appearance, marked by a two-block-long supertruss and a bank of windows set into classic brickwork, makes it an integral piece of the downtown cityscape and an attractive venue for out-of-town attendees. Easily accessible by one of three interstates or by a 10-minute drive from the Louisville International Airport, the center's convenient location also places it within walking distance of 2,000 hotel rooms.

Inside, the convention center boasts a 30,000-square-foot ballroom, 52 meeting rooms, and 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, the majority of which is column free. It also includes a 175-seat conference theater, offering state-of-the-art technology to ensure every presentation is a success. Though the entire center itself offers wireless Internet and a full range of audio-visual capabilities, guests to the theater also can enjoy audio, video and data conferencing via a nine-foot by 12-foot screen, two cameras and microphones located throughout the seating area. On-site catering at the Kentucky International Convention Center is provided by Masterpiece Creations, and parking can be found at its attached garages.

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