News from City Hall
City Communications Office
City of Kansas City, Mo.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Jan. 31, 2013
Convention and Entertainment Facilities receives Prime Site Award for seventh consecutive year
The City of Kansas City, Mo., Convention and Entertainment Facilities has been selected for a Prime Site Award by Facilities & Destinations Magazine for the seventh consecutive year.
Facilities & Destinations Prime Site Awards are based on the opinions of meeting planners, association executives and trade show managers who produce meetings and conventions in convention centers in the United States and Canada. The criteria for the award includes attractiveness and functionality of convention centers, technological capabilities, quality of staff, food and beverage operation, Internet access, size and quality of meeting space.
“The Prime Site Award is a great recognition for our city and the Convention Center,” said Oscar McGaskey, Jr., director of Conventions and Entertainment Facilities. “To be selected seven consecutive years is a significant achievement”.
The Convention Center is considered a prime location in the heart of downtown Kansas City, minutes from restaurants, hotels and entertainment, and just a short drive from the Kansas City International Airport. The Convention Center offers approximately 388,800 square feet of exhibit space, 48 state of the art meeting rooms, a 2,400 seat fine arts theatre, and an arena that seats more than 10,700 people.
The Grand Ballroom, which has previously been awarded the LEED Silver rating by the U.S. Green Building Council, is a 40,400 square foot room that can be expanded to 46,600 square feet, making it one of the 10 largest convention center ballrooms in the country. The ballroom connects to the Conference Center to provide additional breakout rooms and also opens to an outdoor plaza at the southeast corner of the complex. The ballroom is equipped with a sophisticated color-changing light system and dramatic views of the city from the 38-foot-high glass wall.
Media inquiries should be directed to Janet O’Hagan, marketing manager for the Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Facilities, at 816-513-5015.