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Charlotte Convention Center
Located in vibrant Charlotte Center City, the Charlotte Convention Center in North Carolina features more than 90,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, including a 35,000-square-foot ballroom. Built in 1995, the venue also has 280,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space with room for more than 1,200 exhibits. High ceilings and arched entrances along the grand concourse create a welcoming environment, providing the perfect backdrop for events. As an added bonus, the convention center is connected to the NASCAR Hall of Fame and situated across the street from The Green, a 1.5-acre public park, giving attendees plenty of entertainment options during their downtime.


WHERE TO SLEEP
There are several hotels within one-half mile of the Charlotte Convention Center, including two directly across the street: The Westin Charlotte and the Hilton Charlotte Center City. For upscale accommodations, book The Ritz-Carlton, Charlotte, which boasts an elegant rooftop garden and a centrally located uptown address.

WHAT TO EAT
In addition to a handful of options in the venue's food court, there are several restaurants within walking distance. For a quick bite, duck into Fuel Pizza, which features sandwiches, calzones, and, of course, pizza. Brazz Carvery & Brazilian Steakhouse comes highly recommended for private parties and fine dining.

HOW TO GET THERE
The Charlotte Convention Center is located less than 10 miles from the Charlotte Douglas International Airport. You can catch a cab for less than $30. A ride on the city's Sprinter Bus from the airport to Center City is a cheaper option at $2.20 each way (www.ridetransit.org). For those driving to and from the venue, there are multiple ramps near the convention center with ample parking.


Exhibitors may perform electrical work inside their booths, including hookups to ordered power sources.

PSAV Presentation Services is the exclusive rigging contractor and provides all audiovisual equipment and services inside the venue.

Smart City is the venue's exclusive provider for Internet, telecommunications, and Wi-Fi, and all devices must use Smart City's equipment.

The Charlotte Convention Center features a full-service, in-house catering department, and any outside food and beverage must be preapproved by the venue.

Due to the center's Green meeting initiatives, HVAC systems are not operated during move-in and move-out periods.

One EMT is required for all exhibit hall functions, and medical staff is furnished through the venue's exclusive provider.

Power, air, and water are billed by the hour and available 24 hours a day.

No decorative or other materials can be attached to any part of the convention center without securing prior approval from building management. Tape and adhesive-backed materials, such as vinyl decals, are not permitted on carpeted surfaces.
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