Visit Dallas has announced that plans for a new 2.5-million-square-foot convention centre located adjacent to the current Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas have been approved by the Dallas city council.
The new centre will feature 800,000 square feet of exhibit space and 400,000 square feet of breakout space, including a 100,000-square-foot ballroom. Construction on the $2 billion centre is expected to begin in 2024 to be completed in 2028.
"This news is a game-changer for Dallas and will put our city on the map as the preeminent large-city convention and meeting destination in the nation", said Craig Davis, Visit Dallas president and CEO. "The centre will be the anchor for a lively new Convention Center District that will excite convention goers and revitalise southern Downtown Dallas, making it a place for locals to enjoy alongside our convention attendees."
„The centre will be the anchor for a lively new Convention Center District.“
The planned convention centre will feature large, elevated ballrooms with outdoor event terraces boasting views of the Trinity River and Downtown Dallas. A welcoming entry and lobby will greet convention goers and create space for activities and programming, Visit Dallas states. The centre is expected to nearly double annual attendance and associated revenue for the city. The surrounding Convention Center District will connect Downtown Dallas with neighbouring entertainment districts, like Cedars and the planned Rail District, creating a walkable destination designed to attract both locals and visitors.www.visitdallas.com