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Green Bay Breaks Ground on Major Convention Center Expansion
Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker, Green Bay Mayor Jim Schmitt and Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau President/CEO Brad Toll broke ground on a $23 million addition to the KI Convention Center.
“Green Bay will be able to attract and host larger conventions from across the country with the expanded center, Mayor Schmitt stated. “This expansion will be an economic driver for Green Bay, and we are very excited to get underway with the project.”
The expansion is expected to be completed June 2015. The center will include a 24,500 square foot ballroom, three additional meeting rooms of 5,330 square feet. The expansion will provide 30,700 square feet of new meeting space bringing the center up to near 80,000 square feet. It will be able to host 3,000 people for a meeting and 2,000 for a meal.
“Green Bay is a popular destination for convention attendees and vacationers alike,” said Brad Toll, President/CEO of the Greater Green Bay CVB. “The Green Bay Packers have provided our community with world-wide notoriety and, it seems, everyone that visits is very curious about this fan-owned professional sports franchise. Convention groups often see their attendance grow in Green Bay.”
The convention center expansion will be elevated over a street and an adjacent parking lot, providing sprawling views of the city and of the Fox River. A beautiful plaza for relaxing will double as outdoor reception space. The headquarter hotel, Hyatt on Main anchors one side of the center, and the Clarion Hotel will be connected to the opposite side of the facility.
“I am very excited to share this great facility and the Greater Green Bay area with meeting planners,” said Beth Ropson, Director of Sales for the CVB. “With this expansion located along the beautiful Fox River, we have a great setting for planners to consider. The City of Green Bay has done a marvelous job of developing the riverfront, providing planners with a great setting on the City Deck to host receptions with musical entertainment. Dining options abound, from five stars to great sports bars (with a Packers theme, of course) and micro-breweries.”
It’s well-known that Green Bay is home to one of the most iconic sports facilities in the world, historic Lambeau Field. Renovations in 2013 make it possible for conventions to hold events and meetings for groups of 10 to 80,000 in a wide variety of first class spaces.
To learn more about the KI Convention Center expansion and the meetings and conventions product in Green Bay, contact the Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau at 888-867-3342 or visit online at www.greenbay.com/convention_planner.
About Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors
Greater Green Bay Convention & Visitors Bureau is the official regional destination marketing organization committed to improving the visitor experience and increase the economic impact of tourism in Algoma, Allouez, Ashwaubenon, Bellevue, DePere, Green Bay, Howard, Oneida Nation, Suamico and Brown County, Wisconsin. For more information, go to www.greenbay.com.
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