LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - After being closed for two years, the Kentucky International Convention Center is back open. The city celebrated with a grand reopening on Monday to show off the more than $200 million in renovations.
The expansion added more than 50,000 square feet of exhibit space. The new, state-of-the-art facility features 900,000 square feet of total space, and 52 meeting rooms. The renovation and expansion project was directed by EOP/HOK Architects and Hunt Construction and over 60 sub-contractors.
The building's been closed since August 2016, and construction increased contiguous exhibit space by more than one third.
Some of other highlights of the building include:
• 200,125 sq. ft. contiguous Class A exhibit space
• 40,000 sq. ft. column-free ballroom, with color-changing LED walls
• 175-seat tiered conference theater
• Natural light-filled and community engaging design reflecting Louisville's Bourbon culture
• 15,000 meals-per-day kitchen capacity and a coffee-by-day, bourbon-by-night experience called Oak & Brew
There are so many more hotels in the downtown area offering more than 6,000 rooms. You can still take the pedway to the Marriott and Hyatt parking garage.
84 convention groups are booked for the future since the expansion was announced. They are projected to bring $246 million in estimated economic impact.
The first convention booked is University Bible Fellowship for Wednesday, August 8 - Wednesday, August 15.
This story will be updated.