Convention Center Gets a Makeover
When HemisFair, the 1968 World’s Fair, rolled into San Antonio, the city unveiled Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center to accommodate the 6 million visitors that came through the city. In 2016, the nearly 50-year-old facility wrapped up a $325 million renovation. “Our existing center wasn’t allowing us to compete on a level playing field with the Nashvilles, Austins and Houstons,” says Clanton.
The center’s greatest claim to fame is its 54,000-sq.-ft. Stars at Night Ballroom—the largest in Texas. “We threw down the gauntlet and said, ‘We’ll have the biggest ballroom,’” he says, adding that the room accommodates up to 6,000 people seated.
Here’s a look at other new features:
> 260,000 square feet of new exhibit space
> 86,500 square feet of column-free space
> 70 meeting rooms