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MAIN PHOTO: WASHINGTON STATE CONVENTION CENTER; WHERE TO SLEEP PHOTO: FAIRMONT OLYMPIC HOTEL; WHAT TO EAT PHOTO: NARIN NONTHAMAND/SHUTTERSTOCK.COM; HOW TO GET THERE PHOTO: SOLDUC PHOTOGRAPHY
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Washington State Convention Center
From the outside, the Washington State Convention Center in Seattle is a composite of concrete and emerald-hued glass, which is fitting since the WSCC stands in the heart of the Emerald City. The sharp, angular architecture of the exterior's glass sections hint at a cubist influence while a sweeping, arched glass canopy welcomes visitors to the venue's more than 340,000 square feet of event space. The canopy connects to the LEED Silver-certified Conference Center, which boasts an additional 71,000 square feet of meeting and exhibit space. Inside, comfortable lounge areas and breathtaking design elements make the venue a destination in and of itself.


WHERE TO SLEEP
There are 65 hotels downtown and 5,900 guest rooms within 11 blocks of the WSCC, with plenty of options to suit every budget. The luxurious Fairmont Olympic Hotel Seattle, a historic landmark, offers 450 rooms. More budget-friendly accommodations can be found at the nearby 222-room Hilton Garden Inn Seattle Downtown.

WHAT TO EAT
The Crumpet Shop is about a 10-minute walk from the WSCC and a local favorite for breakfast. For group dinners and small receptions with less than 75 people, The Metropolitan Grill steak house has several private dining spaces. If it's fine dining you're after, consider Canlis for elevated Pacific Northwest fare.

HOW TO GET THERE
The Seattle-Tacoma International Airport is approximately 15 miles from the WSCC. Uber, Lyft, and Sidecar ride-share services operate in Seattle, along with King County Metro Transit (metro.kingcounty.gov) with fares around $5 and Sound Transit Link light rail (www.soundtransit.org/link) for $3. A cab to the convention center from the airport is about $50. The WSCC operates two parking garages with ample spaces.


PSAV Presentation Services is the venue's preferred in-house provider of audiovisual services.

Wi-Fi, data services, and phone connectivity at the WSCC are provided exclusively by SmartCity. Complimentary Wi-Fi is available in the venue's public areas and lobbies.

BroadcastUrban is the venue's on-site digital media company, offering social-media marketing, live and virtual streaming of events, video conferencing, and more.

Edlen Electrical Exhibition Services is the WSCC's exclusive electric- and plumbing-services supplier.

Catering is provided by Aramark, with a focus on local and sustainable cuisine. Exhibitors are not allowed to bring in outside food.

All rigging at the WSCC must be installed by an Entertainment Technician Certification Program (ETCP) certified rigger. Rigging plans have to be submitted to your ETCP supervisor 60 days prior to the trade show.

Exhibitors may hand carry freight to and from their booth spaces, provided they park in designated loading/unloading areas within the WSCC parking garage. Complimentary flatbed carts are available for use.

The use of drones on the WSCC's property is subject to prior approval from the building management and prohibited in the venue's public areas. Signs must be posted to alert attendees of any filming and photographing taking place.
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