The Baltimore Convention Center is the premier location in
the mid-Atlantic region for organizations to host conventions, meetings,
banquets, trade shows, and other events. With 300,000 square feet of contiguous
exhibition space, approximately 85,000 square feet of meeting space (50 meeting rooms)
and a multifunctional 36,672-square-foot ballroom, the Center has the capacity and
flexibility for hosting a variety of professional events. Along with business partners, Centerplate
(catering), Projection Presentation (audio-visual), M.C. Dean, Inc.
(telecommunications) and Edlen Exhibition (temporary utility services), the Center brings
together all of the essential elements needed for producing successful events.
Since opening its doors in August of 1979 the Center has
been the catalyst for economic growth and tourism in the region. Construction
of the Baltimore Convention Center preceded Harborplace and the National
Aquarium making it the crowned jewel in the redevelopment of Baltimore's Inner
Harbor. The addition of the facility bolstered tourism and its success spurred
growth for other projects from retail to restaurants, and attractions. These
elements have added to the appeal of Baltimore as a popular destination.
The expansion of the Baltimore Convention
Center opened in 1996. The facility currently hosts over 140 events per year
and welcomes over 500,000 attendees. On average, over the last five years, the
business generated through the Center contributes to approximately $60,000,000
in tax revenues for the city and state combined while generating 6,000 jobs. According to the annual Crossroads report.