Welcome to our Mesa meeting planning guide – a city guide for Mesa meeting planning. Arizona's third-largest city offers planners all the facilities they need to take care of business, while offering easy access to a host of recreational amenities. Mesa is well known as the site of Sloan Park, the spring training home for the Chicago Cubs. Long before the Cubs began pursuing World Series gold, people began flocking to Mesa's Superstition Mountains to try to find the legendary Lost Dutchman Gold Mine, and many Mesa meeting venues showcase this history.
Located just 8 miles east of Phoenix, Mesa is served by two airports. Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport offers service to more than 100 domestic cities and 19 international destinations. Phoenix-Mesa Gateway Airport offers service to over 40 cities through Allegiant Air. Mesa is also connected to nearby Tempe and downtown Phoenix via the Metro Light Rail System.
Three of the largest meeting venues in Mesa are the Mesa Convention Center, a full-service event facility, which offers 56,000 square feet of meeting space (located on 22 acres adjacent to the Marriott); the 275-room Phoenix Marriott Mesa and the 180-room Sheraton Mesa Hotel at Wrigleyville West, with over 27,000 square feet of meeting space.
Special event venues in Mesa include the 30,000-square-foot Arizona Wing Commemorative Air Force Aircraft Museum, where up to 2,000 attendees can dine and mingle, surrounded by vintage warplanes. Saguaro Lake Ranch offers event space, horseback riding, kayaking, and tubing along with views of the rugged Arizona landscape that writer Zane Grey made famous. Stonebridge Manor is an elegant estate that can accommodate up to 150 guests in its banquet hall or up to 350 guests in its tented Garden Pavilion.
One of the most iconic venues in Mesa is the Mesa Arts Center. Few cities have the breadth of arts and cultural experiences as Mesa. The internationally acclaimed Mesa Arts Center is the nucleus of arts creation in the city celebrating a decade as Arizona’s largest multidisciplinary arts center. The seven acre campus, with over 210 square feet, is home to four theaters, five visual art galleries, 14 art studios, group event space for up to 350 attendees and meeting rooms for up to 75 attendees. Group participants seeking a legendary experience and some of the finest live entertainment can find it here. As a meeting and gathering place, there is simply nothing else like it in the Southwest.
When the agenda calls for some R & R, there are more than 40 golf courses located within a half-hour's drive of downtown Mesa, and the city's close proximity to the Superstition Mountains offers easy access to hiking trails and jeep tours. History buffs may want to head for the Arizona Museum of Natural History, which houses the largest dinosaur exhibit west of the Mississippi as well as the history of the Hohokam Indians who once called the Valley of the Sun their home.
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