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Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex


Uncommon conventions in the Creative Capital


Convenient complex The Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex provides flexible facilities that are ideal for hosting events both large and small. The complex is made up of the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC), the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Dunk), and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets).


Providence, R.I., has all of the key ingredients to create a successful meeting — plenty of square footage, convenient hotels, and ample amenities. But it’s the city’s stellar restaurants, walkable downtown, and vibrant nightlife that help create a truly memorable meeting experience that will stand out in attendees’ minds for years to come. Nicknamed the Creative Capital, Provi-


dence is renowned for its world-class dining and eclectic arts and culture scene. Travel + Leisure readers recently voted Providence one of “America’s Favorite Cities,” ranking the city No. 1 in the United States for some of its food, beverage, and restaurant offer- ings. As home to the world’s largest culinary educator, Johnson & Wales University, Provi- dence reaps the rewards of having many of the school’s graduates demonstrate their culinary talents in local restaurants. Provi- dence also has one of the nation’s leading art schools, the Rhode Island School of Design


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(RISD). The RISD Museum of Art, a must-see stop for visitors, houses more than 80,000 works of art, ranging from French Impres- sionist paintings to contemporary multime- dia installations. The centerpiece of Providence is the


Rhode Island Convention & Entertainment Complex, which is made up of the Rhode Island Convention Center (RICC), the Dunkin’ Donuts Center (Dunk), and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium (The Vets). Within steps of hotels and popular attractions, the RICC offers an exhibit hall with 100,000 square feet of contiguous space, a 20,000-square- foot ballroom, 23 meeting rooms, and the spectacular views of the Rotunda Room. Two adjacent garages offer 2,400 total parking spaces, and within one mile of the center are 2,200 hotel rooms. Convenience and con- nectivity are key features of the complex. The facility offers comprehensive audiovisual ser- vices and large windows allowing for plenty


of natural light, and is directly connected via skywalk to the 564-room Westin Providence, Dunkin’ Donuts Center — the area’s premier events arena — and Providence Place, a downtown mall offering more than 170 shop- ping, dining, and entertainment options. In addition to hosting the Providence


Bruins and the Providence College Friars, the 13,000-seat Dunk hosts all kinds of sport- ing events, concerts, trade shows, and other types of special events. In addition to a res- taurant and a 12,000-square-foot lobby, the Dunk features 31,000 square feet of arena space, 90-foot ceilings, a 25,000-square-foot concourse, two party suites, and five reno- vated meeting/hospitality rooms. Also part of Providence’s convention com-


plex, The Vets is a 1,900-seat theater and his- toric performing-arts venue offering flawless acoustics, a breathtaking proscenium stage, and a recently renovated backstage. The Vets is available for corporate events, speaking


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