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Spartanburg, SC Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 21
Total Sleeping Rooms 1,843
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 247
Committable Meeting Rooms* 27
Largest Exhibit Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 39,000 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $77
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $46
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $348
*Maximum for a single hotel

Spartanburg, SC Meeting Planning Overview

Welcome to Cvent's Meeting and Event Planning Guide to Spartanburg, a city guide for meeting professionals. Nestled in the foothills of the picturesque Blue Ridge Mountains, Spartanburg, SC boasts a convenient location, more than 400,000 square feet of meeting space, a range of unique event venues, rich cultural and historical offerings, a strong arts scene, 3,500 hotel rooms, outdoor recreation activities, and the spirit of a college town, all rolled into one dynamic destination. Situated between Atlanta, which sits 173 miles from Spartanburg; and Charlotte, which sits 77 miles away, Spartanburg serves as a fantastic connecting point to other destinations; however, once you're in Spartanburg, you may not want to leave. Historical heritage meets modern amenities at this South Carolina city, home to nearly 50 National Register sites and districts, as well as the first Bicycle Friendly community in the state, which is well demonstrated by the many bike lanes and paths throughout the city.

At the junction of I-26 and I-85, Spartanburg offers easy access to air, car, Amtrak, Greyhound, and local bus travel. Situated in nearby Greer, just 19 miles from downtown Spartanburg, the Greenville Spartanburg International Airport features 49 nonstop daily departures to 15 major cities and 18 airports across the United States. Airport amenities include business workstations, a 40-person conference room, free Wi-Fi, and a full-service restaurant, among other features. Spartanburg visitors and residents frequent the Spartanburg Area Regional Transit Agency (SPARTA) bus service, which runs along eight fixed routes Monday through Saturday and provides direct access to area colleges, attractions, hotels, and more. SPARTA's main passenger center, located at the heart of downtown Spartanburg at 100 North Liberty Street, shares its facility with the city's Greyhound station.

Delegates can easily reach the 328,000-square-foot Spartanburg Expo Center, which sits 16 miles from the airport and within minutes of downtown Spartanburg. Spanning 100,000 square feet of exhibit and event space all on one level, the Spartanburg Expo Center houses such event spaces as the 39,000-square-foot Fellowship Mall, 1,600-person Main Auditorium, 500-person East Auditorium, and 14 classrooms. Meeting amenities include an on-site, 5,000-square-foot restaurant and 1,500 free parking spaces.

In addition to its Spartanburg Expo Center, Spartanburg and its surrounding area are home to a variety of unique event venues ranging from historical sites to North America's only BMW museum and plant. Groups can learn about BMW's past, present, and future amlong BMW Zentrum's behind-the-scenes plant tour and exhibits, as well as its collection of rare vehicles, including the Isetta Bubblecar and Art Cars with designs by Andy Warhol, Frank Stella, and Roy Lichtenstein. Event rentals at BMW Zentrum span its entire grounds, including its 250-seat auditorium, Boxer Cafe, and exhibit space, and can include private plant tours when available. Spartanburg's sprawling Chapman Cultural Center houses several theater and gallery spaces, as well as the Spartanburg Art Museum, Spartanburg Regional History Museum, and Spartanburg Science Center. Groups can hold events in the 476-seat David Reid Theatre, two meeting rooms, 542-person Jennifer Evins Lobby, and Zimmerli Plaza, which sits at the heart of the center's three buildings. Another performance space available for private events, Spartanburg Memorial Auditorium, features a 13,692-square-foot exhibit hall, 3,251-seat theater and 250-seat auditorium lobby.

Groups can embrace the outdoors at Cleveland Park, which offers several rentable picnic shelters, a lakeside promenade and amphitheater, island gazebo, and a 6,500-square-foot event center. After exploring the park's 1.5 miles of walking trails, horseshoe pits, and geocaching trail, groups can gather at the 200-person amphitheater, 100-person island gazebo, and event center complete with a wrap-around porch and catering kitchen. Opened to the public in 1967, the 60-acre Walnut Grove Plantation transports groups to the 18th century amid its 250-year-old outbuildings, plantation kitchen, history programs, and artifacts. Groups can learn the history of the plantation and its residents, as well as explore its nature trail, gather at its picnic pavilion, and reserve group programs ranging from Colonial cooking to militia drills.

About Spartanburg, SC / Additional Info

From its rich cultural offerings and musical heritage to its spectacular landscape and close to 100 outdoor art sculptures, Spartanburg is nothing short of a progressive, energetic meeting and travel destination. The home of BMW's only North American museum and manufacturing plant, Spartanburg knows how to keep pace without losing sight of its past. Many of the area's most popular sites and activities, such as Walnut Grove Plantation and the city's Main Street Trolley Tours, celebrate and examine its deep-rooted heritage.

Originally home to the Cherokee and born of the American Revolution, Spartanburg came to be when the Spartan regiment fought for freedom. The site of such conflicts as the Battle of Cowpens, Spartanburg became home to settlers, particularly those of Scottish and Irish descent, and then a center of manufacturing, textiles, and agriculture during the Industrial Revolution. It was called the Hub City, thanks to its railroad crossroads. Following the collapse of the textile industry, Spartanburg underwent a revitalization in the 1980s, which transformed the city into a successful urban center with a focus on local businesses, arts, and historic preservation. Today, the area remains a strong center of farming; in fact, the county once produced more peaches than the state of Georgia.

Today's Spartanburg is also a college town, home to the University of South Carolina Upstate, Converse College, Sherman College of Chiropractic, Spartanburg Community College, Spartanburg Methodist College, Edward Via College of Osteopathic Medicine, Virginia College, and Wofford College. In fact, the Carolina Panthers train at Wofford College every July and August. The city's large student population contributes to Spartanburg's vibrant personality, as do its cultural offerings, agri-tourism, unique shopping, nightlife, and variety of annual events. Spartanburg is set to its own soundtrack, thanks to its Spartanburg Music Trail, which salutes artists who have made a national and international impact on music, and such regular events as Jazz on the Square and Music on Main concerts.

The Spartanburg region offers its visitors and residents a variety of outdoor activities and adventures, ranging from an exotic animal safari to a par 72 championship course at Woodfin Ridge Golf Club. Outdoor enthusiasts can boat, fish, and picnic at the 1,534-acre Lake Bowen, or stroll along natural and paved paths amid waterfalls, flora, and more at the 10-acre Hatcher Garden and Woodland Preserve. The 100-acre HollyWild Animal Park, home to hundreds of exotic animals, boasts its Outback Safari Ride through more than 70 acres of free-roaming animals, including animals that eat directly out of visitors' hands.

Speaking of feeding time, Spartanburg is home to a variety of fine and casual restaurants serving Southern favorites, international fare, and modern cuisine. A neighborhood favorite since 1947, Wade's Southern Cooking serves up fried chicken to pickled beets, while Lime Leaf specializes in award-winning Thai cuisine. Cribbs Kitchen On Main and II Samuels both serve interpretations of American cuisine, while the nearby Stone Soup Market & Cafe is beloved for its fresh, local ingredients and cozy setting.

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