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December 26 2012

WEST: San Jose

Ali Gramaglia

Reintroducing the San Jose Convention Center


The San Jose Convention Center is becoming bigger, better, and smarter for meeting planners, with a massive $120-million expansion and renovation slated for completion in fall 2013. The expansion will integrate an additional 125,000 square feet of flexible ballroom and meeting space, increasing the convention center’s usable space to 550,000 square feet - with minimal impact to the existing center.

Furthering the city of San Jose’s Green Vision initiative, the San Jose Convention Center aims for LEED Silver certification with the renovation. And because it wouldn’t be Silicon Valley without access to the latest technology, the city will upgrade its free downtown Wi-Fi this summer, so residents and visitors can enjoy America’s fastest free outdoor Wi-Fi network.

To celebrate the center’s state-of-the-art transformation, Team San Jose is offering free convention-center rental for groups who book by 2014. Benefits include the use of tables, chairs, linens, water services, and microphones; free move-in and move-out days; housing registration for groups using three or more hotels; $10 parking; and discounted food-and-beverage.

Not only is the San Jose Convention Center undergoing an unprecedented renovation, downtown San Jose is getting its own makeover. The historic San Jose Civic, home to A-list concerts and events, recently underwent a $15-million floor-to-ceiling renovation - including enhanced sound and lighting, new seating, renovated meeting space and restrooms, expanded concessions, and a new elevator. Several hotels in the area have recently undergone or are planning renovations - including the Hilton San Jose, the Fairmont San Jose, and the San Jose Marriott - while hotel rebrands include the Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown (formerly a Crowne Plaza), The Sainte Claire (formerly Larkspur Landing), and the Holiday Inn San Jose Airport (formerly a Wyndham).

Mineta San Jose International Airport (SJC) recently completed its own $1.3-billion modernization that has made it one of the greenest, most convenient airports for travelers. SJC also has announced new routes to and from San Jose, including Hawaiian Airlines’ service to Maui, Alaska Airlines’ daily nonstop to Reno, and new direct service into Palm Springs.

At a Glance

San Jose Convention Center Existing
• Exhibit space: 143,000 square feet
• Ballroom space: 22,000 square feet
• Meeting space: Up to 31 meeting rooms with capacities from 50 to 2,400 attendees theater-style
• Prefunction space: 100,000 square feet

Expansion
• Meeting space: 25,000 square feet
• Ballroom space: 35,000 square feet
• Breakout space: 14,000 square feet
• Prefunction and terrace space: 51,000 square feet

For more information: Team San Jose - Mark McMinn, Director of Sales, (408) 792-4521 or (800) SAN-JOSE; mmcminn@sanjose.org; sanjose.org

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