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September 27, 2017

Anaheim Convention Center Unveils Massive Expansion




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The Anaheim Convention Center (ACC) has unveiled its largest and most significant expansion in nearly two decades – ACC North. The seventh expansion adds 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, allowing for a variety of event uses under one roof.

The new building cements the Anaheim Convention Center as the largest convention center on the West Coast, ACC officials said, and allows the center to grow with its largest shows as well as meet the needs of today's diverse and dynamic meetings and conventions. Designed in conjunction with Populous architectural firm and Turner Construction Company, the ACC North's design aims to enable meeting professionals to craft a customizable experience for attendees, including education sessions, workshops, galas, marketplace connections and networking events.

Tom Morton, executive director of Anaheim's Convention Sports & Entertainment Department, said that the new expansion is the venue’s biggest since 2000. 

ACC North’s exterior along Katella Avenue includes a dramatic 10,000-square-foot balcony overlooking the Disneyland Resort, lined with a wall of windows letting the Southern California sunshine flow through the interior space.

Anaheim Convention Center currently hosts an average of nearly one million attendees a year. ACC North has already had 75 definite meetings and conventions bookings. The first groups include American Heart Association, Oncology Nursing Society, Society for Science & the Public and International Society for Technology in Education. With the addition of the new building, Anaheim Convention Center will officially join the "1 million-square-foot-club," becoming the 11th largest convention center in the U.S.

The latest expansion enlarges the entire Anaheim Convention Center to 1.8 million square feet, with more than one million square feet of exhibit space. Meetings and events utilizing ACC North will yield approximately 1 million room nights for the destination, welcoming 1.1 million attendees (numbers are estimated) to Anaheim and Orange County.

ACC North by the Numbers

  • 200,000 square feet of flexible meeting and event space on two-levels
  • 100,000 square feet of column free space (on the top level)
  • 1,350 new parking spots and new loading docks
  • 10,000-square-foot-balcony overlooking Katella Ave. and Disneyland Resort
  • Rigging points spaced 10'x10' on each level and pre-function space totaling more than 2,000 rigging points 
  • 25-foot ceilings and climate-controlled pedestrian bridge connection to the center

ACC by the Numbers

  • With the addition of ACC North, ACC is now 1.8 million square feet; with more than million square feet of exhibit space 
  • 99 meeting rooms 
  • 352,000 square feet of flexible meeting space 
  • 238,000 square feet of ballroom space 
  • More than 3,000 total parking spaces 
  • Free WiFi services

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