January 16, 2008

In the England, the Arena and Convention Centre Liverpool made its debut this weekend, with the opening of its 10,600-seat Echo Arena. The BT Convention Centre, the adjoining meeting/convention venue, will open in March. The facility has a 1,350-seat auditorium, 75,600 square feet of exhibit space and 18 meeting rooms.  
The Greater Columbus (Ohio) Convention Center reopened last week after a water main break forced the facility to close overnight. A spokesperson for Experience Columbus, the city's convention and visitor bureau, said news reports describing buckled concrete were inaccurate, and the $200,000 worth of damage was "aesthetic in nature, requiring primarily the replacement of carpeting and drywall in some areas." Engineers deemed the building structurally sound, and events scheduled at the center were largely unaffected by the incident.