Located at the southwest tip of Indiana, Evansville is the third largest city in the state, with over 117,000 residents. Fewer than 200 miles from St. Louis, Indianapolis and Nashville, the city is a Midwest meeting planner's dream, with more than 3,900 hotel rooms and over 500,000 square feet of space at the two largest Evansville event venues.
The Evansville Regional Airport, offering 30 flights a day to various U.S. destinations, makes Evansville all the more appealing to groups in need of a convenient, affordable and friendly locale.
The crown jewel amongst Evansville event venues is The Centre. Located downtown just 10 minutes from the Evansville Regional Airport, The Centre encompasses an impressive 280,000 square feet. Its meeting space options include a 2,500-seat auditorium, 38,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 14,000 square feet of ballroom space and 12, each 1,000 square feet meeting rooms. From national conventions to small corporate events, The Centre is well equipped to handle groups of 40 to 4,000 people.
A new star on the Evansville convention scene is the Ford Center. Opened in 2011, the 290,000-square-foot facility has an 11,000-seat arena, home to the NCAA Division I University of Evansville Aces Men's and Women's basketball teams and the Central Hockey League's Evansville IceMen. The center also regularly attracts concerts by the likes of Bob Seger and Eric Church, but its 20,000 square feet of usable floor space also makes it great for conferences and trade shows. Designed to achieve LEED-NC Silver certification, the Ford Center also has 17 suites and four mini-suites.
For groups in need of slightly smaller facilities, Evansville event venues feature Casino Aztar Executive Center, which has 20,000 square feet of flexible event space and state-of-the-art technology, including video and teleconferencing and high-speed Internet access. The first riverboat casino in Indiana, the adjacent Casino Aztar is perfect for groups searching for an all-in-one location, thanks to its 250 hotel rooms and suites, casino games and live nightly entertainment. At the Clarion Inn & Conference Center, Evansville meetings also find a perfect combination of accommodations and event space. This 198-room hotel has more than 20,000 square feet of meeting space spread across 12 rooms.
From historic homes to spacious parks, Evansville event venues invite groups to break out of the ordinary. Considered one of the country's best examples of French Second Empire architecture, the Reitz Home Museum in Evansville's historic district offers its carriage house for rentals of up to 48 guests. With just over 2,300 square feet of space, the city's Victorian Old Courthouse is another opulent option for receptions and meetings. The O'Day Discovery Park Lodge at Burdette Park is a welcome retreat for up to 1,000 guests, while the Victory Theatre, West Haven Chalet and Ellis Park Race Track are additional unique venue options.