Anaheim Convention Center Joins 1 Million Sq. ft. Club with Unveiling of New ACC North Building
Last week, the Anaheim Convention Center unveiled its biggest and most significant expansion in nearly two decades: ACC North, boasting 200,000 square feet of flexible, two-level meeting and event space.
The addition of the new building officially marks the ACC’s induction into the “1 million-square-foot-club,” increasing its ranking to the 11th largest convention facility in the U.S. and preserving its standing as the largest on the West Coast.
“This is a transformative event for the Anaheim Convention Center,” said Tom Morton, executive director of Anaheim’s Convention Sports & Entertainment Department. “Not only is this our largest expansion since 2000, it is one of the most significant in terms of the features and innovation it brings to Anaheim.”
Designed in conjunction with Populous architectural firm and Turner Construction Company, the ACC North’s modern design esthetics include a 10,000 sq. ft. balcony overlooking Katella Avenue and Disneyland Resort and a wall of windows that allow natural light to flow through the interior space.
This seventh expansion enlarges the 50-year-old ACC to 1.8 million square feet, with more than one million square feet of exhibit space that allows the facility to not only grow with its largest shows but better meet the needs of a variety of events all under one roof.
ACC North also includes the following features:
- 100,000 sq. ft. of column-free space (on the top level)
- 1,350 new parking spots and new loading docks
- Rigging points spaced 10 x10 ft. on each level and pre-function space totaling more than 2,000 rigging points
- 25-foot ceilings and a climate-controlled pedestrian bridge connection to the convention center
According to Visit Anaheim officials, ACC North has already booked 75 meetings and conventions, including the American Heart Association, Oncology Nursing Society, Society for Science & the Public and the International Society for Technology in Education.
Meetings and events utilizing ACC North are expected to yield approximately 1 million room nights and welcome an estimated 1.1 million attendees to Anaheim and Orange County, according to Visit Anaheim officials.
“This is a historical moment for the Anaheim Convention Center and the City of Anaheim,” said Jay Burress, president and CEO of Visit Anaheim.
He continued, “ACC North delivers on the vision we had to build a modern, expansive space that can be completely customizable for a variety of industries and meeting planner needs. This beautiful new space considerably adds to our client offerings and ability to attract more groups to choose Anaheim.”