3 Unconventional Uses of Convention Centers

3 Unconventional Uses of Convention Centers

By Matt Swenson, July 11, 2016

Convention centers are moving beyond fan fests and trade shows to be the primary venues of athletic events. It’s little wonder, given the flexibility of the facilities. Consider these three uncommon uses.  

Capitol Hill Volleyball Classic
Washington, D.C.

This annual Presidents Day weekend event once shared Walter E. Washington Convention Center with the city’s annual boat show. But when the sinking economy took the boat show down with it, the women’s volleyball tournament kept growing. In 2016, husband-and-wife organizing team Bonnie and Barry Goldberg transformed the convention center into 120 courts for 936 teams to play on. The three-day event—one of the city’s top 10 moneymakers—generated an estimated $19.2 million of economic impact for D.C.

Photo Credit: Destination DC

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