After closing in July 2012 for an extensive renovation, Riverside Convention Center in Riverside, Calif., reopened in March. The center has more than 65,000 square feet of renovated indoor meeting and exhibit space in its downtown location.
It has a 28,000-sq.-ft. exhibition hall that can be divided into four smaller halls ranging 3,785 to 9,695 square feet each. The whole room can accommodate up to 3,000 for receptions and 1,600 for banquets. There are 20 breakout rooms, as well as a 15,000-sq.-ft. open-air plaza for outdoor events. Meeting services include Wi-Fi, teleconferencing, laptop rentals and a sound system, and a personal meeting concierge is on-site to provide assistance. Customized on-site catering is overseen by Chef Brad Martin, who was a contestant on ABC’s “The Taste.” Additionally, to accommodate attendees who bring family members, the center can arrange activities for spouses and children.
Sustainable features were added during renovations including LED lighting, sensors for energy management and drought-tolerant landscaping, which reduces the amount of water needed for plant irrigation. Its downtown location puts it within walking distance of 650 hotel rooms, including those at Hyatt Place Riverside/Downtown, The Mission Inn Hotel & Spa and the adjacent Marriott Riverside at the Convention Center. There are also museums nearby, such as Riverside Metropolitan Museum and Riverside Art Museum, as well as various religious centers, including City of Angels International Christian Church-Inland Empire Region; Riverside Baha’i Center; Iglesia del Nazareno; First Church of Christ, Scientist, Riverside; and Universalist Unitarian Church of Riverside.
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