For years, convention organizers have been asking for more out of the Las Vegas Convention Center.
More exhibition space. More meeting rooms. More bandwidth and internet hot spots. More dining areas.
On Monday, work begins on a project that will provide them with all of that while stretching the convention center’s footprint all the way to the Las Vegas Strip.
A groundbreaking event for the second phase of the convention center’s $1.4 billion expansion and renovation will be held on the site of the former Riviera resort, which will be transformed into 1.4 million square feet of new space for exhibitions and meetings. Gov. Brian Sandoval will be on hand for the event, along with several local leaders.
“I’m very excited with this expansion, because I know that it’s going to allow (Las Vegas) to be even more competitive than we are right now and it’s going to give us a facility that will be showcasing conventions on the Las Vegas Strip, as the first expansion building will be over there,” said Rossi Ralenkotter, president and CEO of the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority. “This is our opportunity to brand us as what we are — the convention capital of North America — but also allow us to continue to position ourselves with our customers.”