More than an expansion

This transformation of the Memphis Convention Center adds modern amenities while taking advantage of the building's downtown location and views of the Mississippi River.

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The future Memphis Convention Center

FAst facts:

•  This is a modernization of the facility with hotel quality finishes that will serve as one of the many assets that will help bring more events to Memphis. LRK of Memphis and tvsdesign have partnered to develop a design plan that utilizes and enhances our existing facility. Their vision will allow for a total of 52 breakout meeting rooms and expand the footprint of the building with outdoor terraces and glass enclosed concourses, prefunction and meetings spaces that embrace the river and skyline views, while adding valuable square footage and amenities.
•  From the parking garage to the main exhibit hall, event and meeting spaces, every area of this convention facility will touched by the renovation. The Cannon Center for the Performing Arts will also see improvements with cosmetic and back of house upgrades.

•  A project budget of $175 million has been established to expand and transform our convention center into a modern showplace that will not only preserve its status as a major economic engine for our city, but grow it. We’ll do this at no cost to the local taxpayer by paying for this in two ways: through hotel/motel taxes and money from the Downtown Tourism Development Zone.

•  If you would like to take a deeper dive on the variety improvements that will be addressed in the renovation beyond the number of breakout rooms and stunning river view terraces, download this document to get a more in-depth overview of the project.

•   Learn how we plan to incorporate public art, and digital wayfinding, create a sense of arrival within the parking structure, and add 4 additional bays for 18-wheelers to load in and load out for a show.

•  The convention center and Cannon Center will both remain open and continue to host events throughout the construction project that will kick-off in early 2018, and wrap up in late 2019 during the city’s bicentennial celebration.