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Expansion kicked off
Groundbreaking of Charlotte Convention Center expansion
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The expansion of the Charlotte Convention Center has officially kicked off with a groundbreaking ceremony on December 4, 2019 by the Charlotte Regional Visitors Authority (CRVA), hospitality leaders and members of the community. A primary component of the $126.9 million expansion will be a pedestrian bridge linking the new wing of the convention centre to The Westin Charlotte hotel, the city’s largest convention centre hotel with more than 700 rooms. The pedestrian connectivity will be located along Center City’s convenient LYNX light rail with access to an area termed "Stonewall Corridor", which is currently undergoing development as well. The architecture will boast a "jewel box" design element and have a similar feel to New York City’s High Line. Additional updates to the configuration of the Charlotte Convention Center, which will celebrate its 25th anniversary in 2020, will allow for an increase in meeting rooms and soft spaces where attendees can network between sessions. The supplementary meeting room space will allow the centre to house 55 individual breakout sessions at one time, with capacities ranging from 50 to 600 people theatre-style per breakout. In total, the expansion will increase the capacity of the existing meeting level by 50,000 square feet. During the expansion, the Charlotte Convention Center will remain open, hosting major events including the Mid-Atlantic Boat Show in February 2020. The project is anticipated to be completed by late summer 2021.