The Colorado Convention Center Celebrates Its 25th Anniversary
The Colorado Convention Center Celebrates its Silver Anniversary with CAB
This month we celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Colorado Convention Center. Last week the Colorado Convention Center (CCC) celebrated its anniversay by hosting the Customer Advisory Board Reunion in the building. The Customer Advisory Board (CAB) is a group of industry leaders that serve on the board for a 2-year term. Their opinions, insights, and knowledge have helped Denver become one of the top convention destinations in the nation. This was a celebration of both the current and past board members, all who have significantly contributed to the first 25 years of success by creating $2 billion worth of business for the CCC. With their support the next 25 years are sure to be even more successful.
The Start of Something Grand
The Colorado Convention Center wasn’t the first convention center in Denver. In fact, the first was the Denver Auditorium that opened in 1908 for the Democratic National Convention. Eventually, a new venue was needed to accommodate Denver, so in 1969 the Currigan Hall was completed. This facility covered two full city blocks and was connected to the Auditorium by a sky bridge. However, by the 1980’s, once again Denver looked to create a bigger and better center to fulfill the needs of the ever expanding city. In June 1990, the Colorado Convention Center opened its doors as the largest public meeting facility in Colorado at over 389,000 square feet in total size. A sensible, state-of-the-art facility in the heart of downtown, the CCC was created with the intent to create global reach for the beautiful state of Colorado. More than 100 professional meeting planners worked with architects to design a building that was extremely user friendly. It was quickly realized that this center would need to be expanded to keep up with the demand, and in 2004 another 380,000 square feet of meeting space was added to the facility. With over 769,000-square feet in meeting space along with the state of the art 5,000 seat Bellco Theatre, the CCC has hosted over 250 events annually. From medical conventions to Denver Comic Con, the Colorado Convention Center is a diverse space that serves as Denver’s knowledge sharing center and entertainment hub. The Colorado Convention Center supports the community not only economically, (the CCC generates more than $500 million in annual economic impact), but also by supporting local art through the Imagine 2020 campaign and being an industry leader for sustainability (it was the first building of its kind to receive LEED certification).
Below is an animation that demonstrates the growth of the Colorado Convention Center 1999 – 2016 (Ken Schroeppel DenverInfill)
An Eye Towards The Future
Denver has become the number one destination for millennials, causing a booming economy and huge population growth. This has translated into a need for a further expansion and improvements in order to adjust to changing industry trends and to stay competitive. An initiative to be placed on the ballot in November will ask Denver voters to keep two taxes in place that will fund these facility changes at the CCC. These improvements could bring an additional $50 million in economic impact annually according to a study by the Strategic Advisory Group. While some changes may be in the works for the Colorado Convention Center, it is clear that for the last 25 years the center has been a catalyst for Downtown Denver and Colorado and it is planned to be one for 25 more.