Located within a few hours' drive of nearly one third of the nation's population and 20 percent of the country's business addresses, the Atlantic City Convention Center has become a favorite location for convention, trade show and meeting planners.
Built under the auspices of the New Jersey Sports and Exposition Authority, (NJSEA), the $268 million Atlantic City Convention Center opened with much anticipation and fanfare on May 1, 1997.
Designed to incorporate and reflect Atlantic City's seaside location, a regional décor is evident throughout the building. Wave-inspired carpeting, granite flooring, sea life medallions and famous flying fish hanging in the 90-foot-high skylit atrium adorn this magnificent building.
The facility contains 500,000 square feet of contiguous space and occupies a site of nearly 31 acres. One of the most sophisticated facilities of its kind in the nation, the center has innovative communications technology and offers the instantaneous transfer of information throughout the building or across the globe.
Five spacious exhibit halls are located on the building's second level, ranging in size from 29,400 square feet to 199,500 square feet. The center's 45 meeting rooms, totaling 109,100 square feet, surround the expansive atrium lobby. Room dimensions range from 672 square feet to 11,880 square feet. The rooms' amenities include soundproof panels, assisted listening systems and voice, video and data communications.
Room 311, the Executive Level Presentation Room, features a large screen projection system with integrated video conferencing and videotape and audio input, ideal for interactive meetings and product demonstrations between the Convention Center and any point in the world.
The facility offers, 32,000 square feet of ample pre-function space, 29 covered loading docks, 4 drive-in doors and 1,400 indoor parking spaces.
The center is connected with the Atlantic City Rail Terminal, where the Atlantic City Line runs between Philadelphia and Atlantic City. Jitneys, buses and taxis queue at the front of the building to provide service to other points within the city. A pedestrian airbridge links the center to the adjoining Atlantic City Sheraton Convention Center Hotel.
The Convention Center has been the recipient of numerous awards throughout the years including the Award of Excellence from Corporate & Incentive Travel Magazine, the Gold Service Award from Meetings & Conventions Magazine, the Pinnacle Award from Successful Meetings Magazine, the Prime Site Award from Facilities and Destinations Magazine and the Planner’s Choice Award from Meeting News.
The venue was most recently bestowed with LEED GOLD certification for its green initiatives. The LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) rating system, developed by the U.S. Green Building Council (USGBC), is the foremost program for buildings, homes and communities that are designed, constructed, maintained and operated for improved environmental and human health performance.
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