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Total column-free exhibit space: 190,000 square feet (in one hall)


Ballrooms: 3 (46,000, 45,000, and 28,000 square feet, respectively)


Executive conference center: 21,000 square feet


CMPs on staff: 15


Minutes from airport via light rail: 15


Awards andcertifications: LEED Silver, Association Meet- ings magazine’s Inner Circle Award


LOCATION, LOCATION: Since Phoenix is the sixth-largest


city in the United States, there’s no shortage of venues, entertainment, dining, and leisure activities for attendees to enjoy after their meeting ends. More than 3,000 hotel rooms are within walking


distance of the center, and a large number of those include new and renovated properties.


Designing a menu, theme, and décor is made even more FOR MORE INFORMATION


• Phoenix Convention Center; Debbi Foshee, CMP, Director of Sales; (602) 262-6225


debbi.foshee@phoenix.govwww.phoenixconventioncenter.com


create the freshest menus possible. The chef and his team also use biodegradable, disposable plates and flatware, and work withWaste Not, a nonprofit that donates leftover food from events to local food banks and shelters.


CONVENTION CENTER HIGHLIGHTS  The Phoenix Convention Center is one of the 25 largest convention centers in North America, andcan accommodate 80 percent of U.S. association meetings.


 In addition to the North Building’s 190,000 square feet of column-free exhibit space, 312,500 square feet


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fun with the center’s Innovation Kitchen and Studio. The one-stop source lets planners select everything from table settings to decorations, as well as plan menus and hold private tasting sessions. This personalized level of seamless service expands outside of the center walls as well. Multiple venues around town include concierge staff, venue hosts, andDowntown PhoenixAmbassadors who can answer attendee questions and recommend places to go and things to do in town. 


of underground exhibit-hall space connects the North andWest buildings.


 In addition to an IACC-accredited, 21,000-square-foot conference center, one of the facility’s three state-of-the-art ballrooms features retractable riser seating for 1,200, while another offers permanent


staging. The 46,000-square-foot, street-level ballroom is the largest of its kindin the state.


 The facility’s versatile meeting-room andbreakout space span more than 150,000 square feet.


 There are more than 60,000 hotel rooms in Greater Phoenix, 3,000 of which are within walking distance of the center.


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