The Kentucky International Convention Center in Louisville reopened today, following a two-year, $207 million expansion. The center, which increased its space by a third, now offers 200,125 square feet of contiguous Class A exhibit space.
Other features of the reimagined facility include a 40,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom with color-changing LED walls; 52 meeting rooms; a 175-seat tiered conference theater, and Oak & Brew, a "coffee by day, bourbon by night" venue. Additionally, the new kitchen will be able to accommodate 15,000 meals per day. The project was helmed by EOP Architects, HOK, Hunt Construction Group and more than 60 sub-contractors.
According to Louisville Tourism, the city's convention and visitors bureau, 84 convention groups have been booked since the expansion of the KICC was announced. The new business is expected to bring the city $246 million in estimated economic impact.