The Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority in North Carolina has announced plans for a $110 million expansion project at the Charlotte Convention Center, to begin in spring 2019. Funding from the city's Convention Tax Fund, which has been approved by the Charlotte City Council, will cover the project, which will increase the breakout space on the Stonewall Street side of the venue, expand accessibility to the Center City via a pedestrian bridge and add flexible breakout space in the Richardson Ballroom. Construction will start after Charlotte hosts the NBA All-Star Game in February 2019, with the new space set to open in December 2020.
"The CRVA is committed to creating an exceptional customer experience at the Charlotte Convention Center," said Tom Murray, CEO of the CRVA. "These renovations will ensure our space continues to be competitive for meeting and convention business and can tout high-demand features, like the pedestrian walkway, which will deliver a best-in-class experience for visitors."
The project at the 22-year-old facility will increase the number of meeting rooms and spaces where attendees can network between sessions. When completed, the center will be able to house 54 individual breakout sessions at a time, with capacities ranging from 50 to 600 people theater-style per breakout. In total, the expansion will increase the capacity of the existing meeting level by 50,000 square feet, adding 26,000 square feet of breakout space comprised of 15 meeting rooms ranging from 940 to 2,600 square feet; 24,000 square feet of prefunction space, and the ability to configure the Richardson Ballroom into four meeting rooms of 7,700 square feet each.
The pedestrian bridge will link the new wing of the convention center to the 700-room Westin Charlotte, the city's largest convention center hotel. The bridge also will be convenient to the city's LYNX light rail.