Austin Convention Center

Austin Convention Center The Neal Kocurek Memorial Austin Convention Center is a multi-purpose convention center located in Austin, Texas. The building is the home of the Texas Rollergirls, and was also home to the Austin Toros basketball team, until their move to the Cedar Park Center in nearby Cedar Park in 2010.HistoryIn the early 1980s civic leaders became concerned that Austin was being passed over as a site for major conventions because the city's main event facility, Palmer Auditorium, was too small.

In 1983 the city council unveiled a concept for a $35 million convention center as part of a $350 million complex of hotels and parkland on the south shore of Town Lake (now Lady Bird Lake). Resistance to this plan by neighborhood groups near the proposed site and downtown business leaders caused the city to consider several other sites, finally choosing a downtown site near Waller Creek for construction. Financing was provided for by a US$69 million bond sale, approved by referendum on July 29, 1989. The grand opening ceremony took place on July 4, 1992.On September 1, 1999, construction began on an expansion aimed at nearly doubling the size of the facility from 441000sqft to 881400sqft. The grand reopening took place on May 18, 2002. The enlarged Convention Center's five exhibit halls have a combined 247052sqft of column-free space. There are 54 meeting rooms and two ballrooms, including one of the largest ballrooms in Texas with 40510sqft.

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500 E Cesar Chavez St
Austin, TX


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