DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (March 2, 2006) — The Las Vegas Convention Center—home to the annual Specialty Equipment Market Association (SEMA) trade show—will undergo a $737 million enhancement program.
SEMA said the renovations, slated to begin in late 2006, are expected to be completed by the end of 2010. Plans call for adding meeting rooms to support the facility's South Hall exhibition space, a new front lobby connecting the North, Central and South Halls, renovating and upgrading the existing facility and constructing a 100,000-sq.-ft. general session space.
The improvements are expected to make it easier and more convenient for show attendees to navigate the facility, the Diamond Bar-based trade association said, while also making it possible for SEMA Show producers to offer more ancillary events.
The project represents the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority's single largest investment in the facility in its 47-year history, according to SEMA.
Last fall's SEMA Show drew 114,832 attendees, the association said, with 57,439 verified buyers, 19,366 international visitors and 9,349 international buyers.