• Prairie Capital Convention Center Completed Renovations

    POSTED June 10, 2014

The Prairie Capital Convention Center in Springfield announced that its renovations are complete.

"[Event planners] can expect this facility to be competitive in both quality and pricing," said General Manager Brian Oaks. "Our renovation reflects what groups have been telling us they’d like to see."

The $15 million renovations are the first of any renovations to the facility since it opened in 1978. Changes to the convention center include new lighting, carpet and furnishings, wall coverings, an expanded lobby,  a food court, upgraded loading docks, first-floor bathrooms, state-of-the-art visual services, and an outdoor plaza and new façade on the parking ramp.

"The Prairie Capital Convention Center provides state-of-the-art meeting and exhibit space to planners, and we’ve been busy showing it off since the upgrades were finished" said Gina Gemberling, acting executive director.

The convention center includes more than 900 rooms and 130,000 square feet of multi-functional meeting space. It can arrange complimentary site tours for meeting planners and their clients with qualified leads, and is attached to the President Abraham Lincoln Springfield, a DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel. 

Due to COVID-19, non-essential travel was, or has been, banned for months. Long anticipated trips and in-person gatherings were canceled and people have adjusted to the new normal: staying at home and meeting over Zoom. However, states have been slowly lifting restrictions, and non-essential travel will soon be happening across the country again. However, some may not be as comfortable with the thought of traveling as they were before the pandemic.  


Daily life has been significantly altered by COVID-19, no matter the industry. Many are working from home, while children stay inside for online schooling. Meetings and events have been hit especially hard, since the essence of the industry is face-to-face interactions. While we continue to self-isolate, plenty of organizations have been offering webinars with insights on how to handle the pandemic—watching webinars is a great way to use that extra time you might have used for your commute to learn something useful.


As the spread of the novel coronavirus continues to put immense pressure on the U.S. health care system and the people who keep it running, the American Hotel and Lodging Association is working to connect hotels with health workers who are struggling to find housing.