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Expansion Planned for Sacramento Convention Center

Expansion Planned for Sacramento Convention Center

SACRAMENTO -- A major expansion is being planned for the Sacramento Convention Center.

An expansion could add tens of thousands of square feet to the facility on 14th and J, either through another floor or a ballroom on top of the neighboring Community Center Theater.

A recent study showed that the Sacramento Convention Center was not measuring up to the competition in 17 comparable cities.

In most of the categories, which included things such as size of meeting space and break out rooms, the Sacramento Convention Center was in last place, Mike Testa with the Sacramento Convention and Visitors Bureau said.

"We want to make sure our convention center is competitive with those other cities," Testa said.

Cities such as San Jose, which is weeks away from a massive expansion, or Seattle, which is considering one.

They're thinking about the big picture, too. They're even considering opening up K Street.

"Right now, if you are standing on K Street looking at the convention center, there is not a connection between Downtown and Midtown," Testa said.

Plans could be completed as soon as September. Work would likely be paid for through bonds.

The last time the convention center saw a face lift was in 1995. That expansion cost around $80 million.




 

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