How Memphis' Renasant Convention Center is Responding to COVID-19

Front Street flows through Memphis’ Renasant Convention Center. Planners can work with the facility to close the street, creating additional outdoor exhibit space.

When a global pandemic coincides with the final phase of your facility’s two-year, $200M modernization plan, what do you do? For Memphis' Renasant Convention Center, the answer was clear: Use the planned downtime to create a solid safety plan from the ground up. To date, our initiatives include:

July, 2020
  • Memphis' Renasant Convention Center became a GBAC STARTM-accredited facility in August 2020. Learn more about the accreditation granted through the Global BioRisk Advisory Council here.
  • Memphis' Renasant Convention Center is adhering to the Event Safety Alliance Reopening Guide.
  • Sanitizing stations, thermal imaging and fogging machines are in use on-site.
  • An internal COVID-19 Safety Committee will meet with planners to create viable, customized plans for each group. The committee will also oversee continuing education for venue staff and monitor protocols and procedures. 
  • Complementing these safety protocols, groups can take advantage of modernized convention center spaces designed to create flexible meeting space and embrace the outdoors, including:
  • An outdoor terrace overlooking the Mississippi River and an open-air concourse connecting the center to Memphis' Main Street
  • Planners can also work with the Renasant Convention Center team to leverage custom spaces. For example, Front Street can be closed and transformed into an outdoor exhibit hall. Protected from the elements and brightly illuminated, the streetscape flows between the main convention facility and five riverfront meeting rooms.