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Lubbock, TX Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 42
Total Sleeping Rooms 3,520
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 297
Committable Meeting Rooms* 13
Convention Center Space 300,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Exhibit Space 68,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 14,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $83
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $320
*Maximum for a single hotel

Lubbock, TX Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to our Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Lubbock, a city guide written for meeting professionals. Boasting its fair share of West Texas charm and plenty of modern business and leisure travel amenities, Lubbock is known as the economic, educational and health care hub of the South Plains region. Hundreds of thousands of annual visitors travel to the city to sample its strong arts scene, rich musical history and award-winning wineries, among many other reasons. Texas Tech University, Texas Tech University Health Sciences Center and Lubbock Christian University all call Lubbock home, which adds to this destination's vibrant culture.

Getting to Lubbock via air or road travel is simple, thanks to its convenient South Plains location. Surrounded by five major state highways, the city is home to Lubbock Preston Smith International Airport. Located seven miles north of the center of Lubbock, the airport offers daily service to and from such destinations as Houston, Dallas, Denver, Oklahoma City and more.

Owned and operated by the city, the Lubbock Memorial Civic Center hosts more than 800 events and 80,000 guests each year. Thanks to the center's downtown location, meeting participants are within minutes of hotels, restaurants and shops, as well as Texas Tech University. Meetings and events can be held in such indoor and outdoor spaces as a 40,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 12 meeting rooms, 28,000-square-foot pedestrian mall and outdoor plaza. Additional event venues include Texas Tech's United Supermarket Arena, with a concourse spanning more than 81,000 square feet and an arena floor with almost 32,000 square feet. Groups can catch a great view of the Red Raiders' football field when meetings are held at the Texas Tech Club located in Jones AT&T Stadium.

Lubbock's many unique venue options enable groups to hold indoor and outdoor gatherings at museums, entertainment centers and more. The city's Silent Wings Museum honors the U.S. Military Glider Program, as the majority of American glider pilots earned their wings at the site where the museum now stands. Groups can hold functions in the museum's exhibit space, theater and even its outdoor plaza. The Science Spectrum & OMNI Theater features more than 250 hands-on exhibits and welcomes events in its 900-square-foot Reception Room, 1,700-square-foot Science Education Center, 6,000-square-foot Exhibit Hall, a newly remodeled 90-seat Science Stage theater and 200-seat OMNI Theater. Groups are welcome at the American Wind Power Center and Museum, which showcases the heritage of windmills; with more than 150, the museum boasts the largest collection of windmills in the world. For events with a soundtrack, gather at Wild West Lubbock, a Texas Tech hotspot in the Depot Entertainment District that offers dancing and live Texas country music. Also situated in the Depot Entertainment District, the Buddy Holly Center celebrates the life and music of Lubbock's favorite son. The center also houses the Texas Musicians Hall of Fame and Lubbock Fine Arts Gallery, both of which can be rented for private events.

About Lubbock, TX / Additional Info

Situated in northwestern Texas, Lubbock hosts world-famous events and is home to large universities, having retained a spirit of hospitality that originated during the city's legendary ranching days. Founded in 1876 and named after a former Texas ranger, Lubbock recognizes its strong agriculture past and present with such events as the annual National Cowboy Symposium and Celebration, Inc., the world's largest gathering honoring the western way of life. The city's National Ranching Heritage Center tells the story of ranching in its preservation of 48 authentic ranch structures, while the American Museum of Agriculture displays machinery and artifacts dating back to the pioneering years of agriculture. Visitors also frequent Lubbock Lake National Historic Landmark, an archaeological and natural history preserve that contains evidence of nearly 12,000 years of occupation by the ancient peoples of the Southern High Plains. Visitors can watch active excavations of this Museum of Texas Tech University site during the summer months.

In addition to its agricultural and natural history strength, Lubbock also boasts a strong musical history and is honored to call itself the birthplace of Buddy Holly. The city celebrates its musical roots throughout its Depot Entertainment District, where the Buddy Holly Center houses a permanent exhibition dedicated to his life and music. The Depot Entertainment District also features a collection of live music centers housed in historic buildings. Visitors can unwind at one of the city's five award-winning wineries, including Llano Estacado Winery. As the largest, local seller of premium wines in the state, Llano Estacado Winery welcomes visitors for daily tours and tastings. When it's time to take in a show, Lubbock's Cactus Theater presents concerts, live theater and musicals in its historic, two-level space. Watch a movie and enjoy the nostalgia at the Stars and Stripes Drive-In Theatre, which offers year-round double features and a 1950s-themed cafe.

Lubbock's culinary offerings include traditional Texas steakhouses to authentic Mexican eateries; many of the city's restaurants feature private space for group functions. The family-owned Cagle Steaks welcomes guests to its ranch-house-themed cowboy setting and features a number of private buildings and dining areas for groups of up to 400 people. Fusing fine steaks and southwestern flavor, Las Brisas Southwest Steak House specializes in Reserve Black Angus beef and offers a low-lit setting with private dining rooms. Orlando's Italian Restaurant serves traditional family recipes in two Lubbock locations, while the Lubbock Abuelo's location serves Mexican cuisine in a courtyard-themed atmosphere. Finally, Triple J Chophouse & Brew Co. serves such selections as grilled ribeye basted in honey pepper glaze paired with a custom brew.

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