San Jose McEnery Convention Center Unveils Expansion

The official grand opening of the San Jose McEnery Convention Center’s recent $130 million renovation and expansion was celebrated October 10 at a Community Day event. The new convention center now boasts 125,000 square feet of additional flexible ballroom and meeting room space, increasing the facility’s space to 550,000 square feet of usable space.

Team San Jose has secured 178 new business opportunities using the expanded space, a third of which are new to San Jose. The recently installed public artwork  — Idea Tree — provides an artistic, interactive and technology-driven element to the main convention center entrance as a place for conference attendees and visitors to network.

Additional new features include a revamped lobby with sit steps where convention attendees can plug in and network between sessions; a new networking lounge; more breakout rooms; additional flexible meeting spaces; event spaces with beautiful bright California colors and reclaimed redwood ceilings; a modern high-tech feel; and a new open plaza entrance facing downtown San Jose.

“The remodeled convention center will attract bigger events and ensure that Team San Jose clients will keep returning and growing with us,” said Karolyn Kirchgesler, CEO of Team San Jose. “I am excited to celebrate one of the city’s latest marquee developments to attract meetings and conventions, welcome new visitors to our community and contribute to the vibrancy of downtown.”

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