• 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. 

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