Located in Tom Green County and home to nearly 112,000 people, San Angelo is often referred to as the "Oasis of West Texas." With 251 days of sunshine a year and an average temperature of 64.9 degrees, it's not hard to see why. It's also known as one of the best cities to launch a small business. Which means San Angelo event venues are always hopping with meetings, product launches and celebrations.
Arriving via San Angelo's regional airport, Mathis Field, which offers flights to Dallas/Fort Worth International (DFW), groups can take advantage of San Angelo's scenic setting and business atmosphere at a number of facilities across town.
Following a $3.8-million renovation in 2008, the McNease Convention Center is San Angelo's prime location for trade shows, banquets, conferences and more. The renovation resulted in five new breakout rooms and an additional 7,000 square feet of public space, or room for 1,000 more people. The convention center's largest meeting room offers more than 12,000 square feet of space. This venue can host 2,000 people theater-style or 900 people for banquets and can also be divided into three spaces.
Among other traditional convention venues in San Angelo is the Foster Communications Coliseum. Home to the San Angelo rodeo, the nation's fifth-largest rodeo, the Coliseum has 4,898 permanent seats and a 20,000-square-foot floor that can accommodate 122 eight-foot-by-10-foot booths. Popular for fund-raisers, trade shows and dinners, the Wells Fargo Pavilion is a 20,000-square-foot space with room for over 1,000 guests. It can host 98 10-foot-by-10-foot booths and offers 2,000 parking spaces and a portable stage. Angelo State University also has two modern facilities for professional events, the 110,000-square-foot Houston Harte University Center and the 1,000-seat CJ Davidson Conference Center.
Boat cruises, Texas ranches and scenic parks are among the options for groups that want something out of the ordinary for their San Angelo event. Concho Cruises invites 30 to 40 passengers to board the Pearl of the Concho for serene trips on Lake Nasworthy and the Concho River. Not far from the river, the Bill Aylor Sr. Memorial RiverStage is a fan-shaped outdoor amphitheater on three acres of terraced hillside. Up to 900 guests can be seated in front of the stage while an impressive 8,000 people can sit comfortably on the surrounding hillside. Travel back in time at historic Fort Concho, a former Army post that has several venues and room for up to 600 guests.
With a wealth of outdoor event venues, San Angelo provides team-building opportunities for guests looking to regroup after a long conference. Take a horseback ride through San Angelo State Park, a 7,677-acre property that is home to the Official Texas State Longhorn Herd. Fishin' with Dave takes business groups on guided trips at Lake Ivie, a 25,000-surface-acre lake known to have some of the best fishing in the state. Or, book a spot at X Bar Ranch. Its 2,000-square-foot Live Oak Lodge has six private cabins, a bunkroom and three tent campsites for groups to enjoy cycling, hiking or just simple relaxation at the pool.
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