Las Vegas Convention Center

The Las Vegas Convention Center (commonly referred to as LVCC) is a convention center in Winchester, Nevada. It is owned and operated by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority.

Las Vegas Convention Center
Address3150 Paradise Road
LocationWinchester, Nevada, U.S.
Coordinates36°07′53″N 115°09′05″W / 36.131516°N 115.151507°W / 36.131516; -115.151507
OwnerLas Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority
Built1959; 65 years ago (1959)
OpenedApril 12, 1959; 65 years ago (1959-04-12)
Enclosed space
 • Total space4,600,000 sq ft (430,000 m2)
 • Exhibit hall floor2,500,000 sq ft (230,000 m2)
Public transit accessLas Vegas Convention Center (LV Monorail station)

As one of the largest convention centers in the world, it has 2,500,000 sq ft (230,000 m2) of exhibit space and hosts shows with an estimated 200,000 participants.[1] The Conexpo-Con/Agg construction trade show in 2008 used the most space, 2,400,000 sq ft (220,000 m2).

At the end of 2010, the entire Las Vegas Valley had more than 10,000,000 sq ft (930,000 m2) of exhibit space.

History edit

In the 1950s, the Las Vegas city and county leaders recognized the need for a convention facility. The initial goal was to increase the occupancy rates of hotels during low tourist months. Leaders chose a site one block east of the Las Vegas Strip at the site of the Las Vegas Park Speedway, a failed horse and automobile racing facility from the early 1950s.[2] A 6,300 capacity, silver-domed rotunda with an adjoining 90,000 sq ft (8,400 m2) exhibition hall opened in April 1959. The architect of the original structure was Adrian Jennings Wilson (1898–1988) of Los Angeles. It hosted The Beatles on August 20, 1964.

The Convention Center was also the site of several major professional boxing fights in the 1960s: Gene Fullmer versus Sugar Ray Robinson on March 4, 1961; Fullmer versus Benny Paret on December 9, 1961; Sonny Liston versus Floyd Patterson on July 22, 1963; and Muhammad Ali versus Patterson on November 22, 1965.

Led Zeppelin was supposed to perform at the convention center on April 19, 1970, capping the final show of their Spring 1970 North American Tour, but the gig was cancelled due to lead singer Robert Plant falling ill the previous night.[3]

The venue was home to the UNLV Runnin' Rebels men's basketball team from 1966 to 1982. It was demolished in 1990, creating space for expansion. Upon completion, there was vastly more space: 1.6 million sq ft (150,000 m2), including 1.3 million sq ft (120,000 m2) for exhibitors, making it one of the largest single-level facilities in the world.

The Las Vegas Convention Center Act of 1971 authorized the use of $7 million to rebuild, remodel or expand the center.[4] By 1985, the center had held 7,000 conventions since its opening.[5]

The Convention Center dome hosted two Billy Graham Crusades between 1978 and 1980.

On December 19, 1993, the draw for the 1994 FIFA World Cup was held at the building.

In 1993, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) purchased the defunct Landmark hotel-casino, which was across from the convention center.[6][7] LVCVA demolished the resort in 1995 to develop additional parking on the site for convention guests.[8] An expansion in 1998 increased the center to 1.9 million sq ft (180,000 m2).

While it functioned, COMDEX was the most attended trade show in the United States, with over 200,000 attendees on several occasions.

In 2000, early planning began for another expansion of the center.[9] The new $150 million South Hall was topped out on February 20, 2001. It would consist of 1.3 million sq ft (120,000 m2).[10] Upon completion in 2004, it crossed a major roadway (Desert Inn Road), with four bridges connecting the facilities.

As of 2009, the Consumer Electronics Show is the most attended annual trade show at this location, with more than 140,000 attendees.

In 2018, the Las Vegas Convention Center released plans to undergo yet another $890 million expansion, the 14th in its history. The expansion intended to increase the center's meeting space and improve the building's overall design. Updates would feature the latest in technology, as well as to connect the Convention Center to the Las Vegas Strip.[11] The authority has announced plans to expand the direction of the LVCC by creating a Las Vegas Global Business District. Those plans resulted in the announcement for the acquisition of the Riviera in February 2015 for $182.5 million.[12]

Work was underway on the expansion in 2019 on land previously occupied by the Landmark and Riviera resorts.[13] The 1.4 million sq ft (130,000 m2) expansion includes 150,000 sq ft (14,000 m2) of dedicated meeting space and 600,000 sq ft (56,000 m2) of exhibit space.[14] The expansion was complete as of 2021.[15]

The Las Vegas Convention Center Loop

Construction of an underground Las Vegas Convention Center Loop, people mover by The Boring Company began in late 2019 to reduce walking times within the center.[16] Twin tunnels opened in June 2021 at a cost of $53 million with three stations 40 feet below the surface[16], shuttling passengers in conventional, human-driven Tesla vehicles.[17] While the long-term goal of the system is to have autonomous vehicles operating at higher speeds, as of May 2021 no date has been set for this.[18]

In popular culture edit

A variety of shows have been taped in the convention center including Food Network specials and the 2009 Jeopardy! Tournament of Champions. Numerous conventions produce live shows in the facility.

In The Boss Baby, the Forever puppies got launched here via Puppyco's in-house built rocket but failed to deliver.[19]

Las Vegas Convention Center

References edit

  1. ^ "Big Changes at Nation's Biggest Convention Centers" (PDF). September 2013.
  2. ^ Aumann, Mark (26 February 2009). "From horses to motors, first Vegas track a disaster". NASCAR. Archived from the original on 4 September 2012. Retrieved 23 February 2010.
  3. ^ "March 21, 1970". Led Zeppelin.
  5. ^ "'Winning streak': 1984 was another 'very good' year for Las Vegas". Los Angeles Times. January 6, 1985. Retrieved February 7, 2020.
  6. ^ "Las Vegas Convention Authority wants to buy closed Landmark". Reno Gazette-Journal. July 3, 1993. Retrieved July 18, 2020 – via
  7. ^ "Landmark property ownership". Clark County Assessor's Office. Archived from the original on September 29, 2017. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  8. ^ Buntain, Rex (November 7, 1995). "Landmark Falls". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  9. ^ Smith, Hubble (April 17, 2000). "Expansion work begins at LV Convention Center". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Archived from the original on July 12, 2001.
  10. ^ "Topping Out". Las Vegas Review-Journal. February 22, 2001. Archived from the original on December 22, 2001.
  11. ^ "Las Vegas Convention Center reveals design for $860M expansion".
  12. ^ J.D. Morris (February 17, 2015). "Tourism authority plans to buy, tear down the historic Riviera". Las Vegas Sun. Retrieved November 1, 2018.
  13. ^ Gillan, Jeff (August 20, 2019). "Billion dollar Las Vegas Convention Center expansion 45 percent complete". KSNV. Retrieved July 18, 2020.
  14. ^ "Las Vegas Convention Center West Hall Expansion".
  15. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (April 8, 2021). "New Convention Center hall makes debut. Take a look inside". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved June 12, 2021.
  16. ^ a b Romero, Dennis (November 16, 2019). "In Las Vegas, Elon Musk's tunneling company digs in". NBC News. Retrieved 2019-11-16.
  17. ^ Velotta, Richard N. (2021-06-08). "Boring Co.'s underground loop begins moving customers in Las Vegas". Las Vegas Review-Journal. Retrieved 2021-06-08.
  18. ^ O'Kane, Sean (2021-05-26). "The Boring Company tests its 'Teslas in Tunnels' system in Las Vegas". The Verge. Retrieved 2021-06-13.
  19. ^ "'The Boss Baby:' A Meme Pretending to Be a Movie". Observer. 2017-03-30. Retrieved 2022-05-25.

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