by Lisa A. Grimaldi | March 02, 2017
Albany Capital Center has debuted in the Empire State's capital. The convention facility, which was built at cost of $78.5 million, offers 22,500 square feet of ballroom/exhibit space, six meeting rooms with a combined 9,200 square feet of space, and 13,500 square feet of prefunction space. The facility also offers a full catering kitchen, a wide range of audiovisual equipment and three levels of on-site parking. The building is part of the Capital Complex, which includes the recently renovated Empire State Plaza Convention Center, with a 26,000-square-foot exhibit hall and eight meeting rooms; the Times Union Center arena, which can seat up to 17,000 attendees, and the Egg Performing Arts Center. All the venues are connected by enclosed walkways. 
 
In his statement about the opening, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said, "The completion of the Albany Capital Center will help continue to drive downtown Albany's revitalization, creating a central space for visitors from near and far to host events, meetings, conferences and more. With this new, state-of-the-art event space in the heart of Albany, we open up endless opportunities for people to come to the state capital and see for themselves all that this area has to offer."
 
Gavin Donohue, chair of the Albany Convention Center Authority Board, added, "After years in the making, the entire Albany Convention Center Authority team applauds Gov. Cuomo for having the foresight to build this economic generator. This project took much collaboration with local and state government, a strict construction timeline and a commitment by all parties to deliver the project on time. The ACC is a testament to what this area can achieve, and we look forward to seeing its schedule fill up in the coming weeks and months ahead as well as opening the door in the Capital Region to new shows and events."