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Kansas City Convention and Entertainment Facilities

The Kansas City Convention Center has all your event needs covered - for meeting spaces, social gatherings, weddings and galas, from fairs to trade shows, we have the space and it's a great place! The eight-square-block convention and special event facility can accommodate every need with 388,800 square feet of column-free exhibit space on one floor, 48 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, a 2,400-seat fine arts theater, an arena that seats more than 10,700 people and two unique outdoor reception, festival and activity areas. You'll also discover one of the top 10 largest ballrooms in the nation.

KC Convention Center

Exhibit Hall


With 388,800 square feet of contiguous, column-free space, the Exhibit Hall features a main exhibition hall that covers an area the size of eight football fields. This allows for more than 2,000 10-by-10 foot booths, and enough room to create eye-catching pavilions or huge equipment displays without having to squeeze them between columns.

Four sound-resistant movable walls can divide the Exhibit Hall's space into as many as five separate halls, for events not needing quite so much room. And, because the Exhibit Hall's perimeter features a multitude of show offices, restroom facilities and concession stands, a full range of amenities are available throughout the venue.

Key Features

> 388,800 square foot column-free space is easily split into five separate halls
> Utility floor ports on 30-foot centers include electrical, telephone and high speed Internet service
> 300 lb./sq.ft. live floor load
> Exhibit space allows for more than 2,000 10-by-10 foot booths


Exhibit Hall Specs

Conference Center Levels 1 & 2

The versatile Conference Center complements your function and meeting space options when holding a meeting at the Exhibit Hall or serves as the perfect stand-alone facility for smaller conferences, meeting and special events.

Conference Center Level 1, 1501 A,B,C and Lobby 1500
The fully carpeted lobby features portable walls, which allow event planners to construct up to three break-out rooms or offices to support registration areas. Whether open or divided, Lobby 1500 offers an elegant pre-function and/or registration space. Visitors may enter Level 1 of the Conference Center from the south side of 14th Street, which offers covered access for loading and unloading vehicles.

Conference Center Level 2 - 2500 Series Meeting Rooms
The 2500 Series meeting rooms were updated in 2007 with new paint and plush carpet. The four spacious meeting rooms can be divided to create eight smaller breakout rooms featuring high-speed Internet connectivity, sound-proof dividing walls, state-of-the-art sound system, variable lighting, individual temperatures controls and centralized taping capabilities.


Level 1 and 2 Specs

Meeting Rooms 2100

The 2100 series meeting rooms have 36,336 total square feet of meeting space and an 8,340 square-foot lobby. The five rooms in 2100 can accommodate more than 3,640 people in comfortable theatre-style seating. All meeting rooms are equipped with individual sound systems, high-speed Internet access, simultaneous taping, carpeting and a programmable lighting system that allows for individual control over each light unit.

The meeting rooms include five retractable walls, allowing the rooms to be configured in a variety of ways. Ballroom 2103 features 18,096 square feet,17-foot ceilings and is divisible into three breakout rooms. Ballroom 2103 comfortably seats 1,800 for general sessions and 1,250 for banquets. Meeting rooms 2102 and 2104 are 5,016 square feet each and are divisable into two breakout rooms that are 2,508 square feet each. Meeting rooms 2101and 2105 are both 4,104 square feet.


Meeting Rooms 2100 Specs

Meeting Rooms 2200

The 2200 meeting rooms offer flexibility in meeting space and give the planner many options. With 25,480 square feet of meeting space and a 22,500 square feet lobby, the 17 meeting rooms can accommodate more than 2,432 people in comfortable theatre-style seating. All rooms are carpeted and equipped with individual sounds systems, high-speed wireless internet access, sound-absorbing acoustic panels, adjustable lighting, individual temperature controls and simultaneous taping.

The Lobby 2200 meeting rooms are hard-wall, with the exception of Rooms 2215 A, B and C, which can be combined to create a large 8,176 square-feet meeting space/ general session with theatre-style seating for 820 people. The other 12 meeting rooms are 1,344-square-feet in size with theatre seating for 132. In addition, there are two state-of-the art boardrooms 588 square feet, ideal for smaller and executive meetings.

2200 Meeting Room Masthead

Meeting Rooms 2200 Specs

Great Hall Jr. Ballroom

Features 23,910 square feet, 28-foot ceilings and is divisible into eight breakout rooms.

Comfortably seats 2,250 for general session and 1,650 for banquets.

Connects via skywalks directly to the exhibit floor level of Bartle Hall and Municipal Auditorium


Great Hall - Jr Ballroom Specs

Grand Ballroom

The 40,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom is expandable to 46,400 square feet for events up to 4,000 people. Its unique interior design celebrates the city's history with water and features a controllable natural lighting system and a glass wall offering dramatic views to the south of the new Kauffman Center for the Performing Arts.

The Grand Ballroom opens to an outdoor plaza at the southeast corner of the Convention Center complex. Being connected to the existing Conference Center, it can accommodate additional breakout rooms.

Key Features

> The 40,500-square-foot ballroom can be expanded to 46,400 square feet
> Features dramatic views to the south of the new Performing Arts Center via 38-foot-high glass wall
> Divisible into three separate rooms that can be operated independently
> Offers a unique day-lighting system to allow natural light in that changes as the sun moves


Grand Ballroom Specs


Municipal Auditorium is a large, multi-purpose facility in Kansas City, Mo., with three halls: The Arena, Music Hall, and Little Theatre. It opened in 1936 and features Streamline Moderne and Art Deco architecture and architectural details. Municipal Auditorium was one of the buildings built in 1934 as part of a "Ten Year Plan" championed by various local politicians including Harry S. Truman and Thomas Pendergast. When the building opened in 1935, it was called by the Architectural Record "one of the 10 best buildings of the world that year" In 2000; the Princeton Architectural Press called it one of the 500 most important architectural works in the United States.

Key Features

> 7,316 permanent seats, 2,405 seats on risers plus capacity for 1,000 on main floor
> Upholstered seating and a sports lighting system
> Ammenities include a fully-lighted marquee, large box office, multiple restrooms and concessions
> Heavy all-wooden floor
> The ramps and elevators facilitate the movement of freight throughtout the building


Arena Specs

Music Hall

Opened in 1936, this unique Art Deco theater is the perfect facility for special convention presentations, general sessions or featured entertainment.

Key Features

> Has its own lighted marquee, box office, main entrance, coat check, restrooms and concessions
> Total seating capacity is 2,363, with Orchestra seating for 1,185 and Balcony seating for 918
> Features a spectacular 3,600-square-foot foyer and grand staircase
> Art Deco lighting fixtures are the inspiration for the Sky Stations atop Bartle Hall's four pylons.


Music Hall Specs

Little Theatre

The Little Theatre is an intimate, elegant ballroom, the perfect setting for your unforgettable event. Octagon shaped in a gleaming marble facade, the Little Theatre features an exterior charming promenade, balcony and a permanent stage area. The balcony overlooks the main floor on five sides. Lighted alcoves provide a sheltered setting for beverage service. Theater seating for up to 400 people and banquet seating for 225 with balcony alcove seating adding up to 36 people.

One of four self-contained venues in the Municipal Auditorium, the Little Theatre has its own entrance on the south side of 13th Street with a lighted marquee, lobby, box office, coat-check and restrooms. Visitors may also enter through the Municipal Auditorium Grand Foyer or from the Auditorium Plaza Garage by way of a beautiful underground walkway.

Key Features:

> Subdued incandescent lighting in ceiling and wall fixtures
> Portable public address system
> High-blower air conditioning system
> Truck door access from Wyandotte Street to freight elevator
> Curbside from 13th Street for small carry-in items only


Little Theatre Specs

Barney Allis Plaza

Barney Allis Plaza is located in the heart of downtown Kansas City and nestled under the city's breathtaking skyline across the street from Municipal Auditorium and the Convention & Entertainment Facilities. Visitors and locals enjoy the tree-lined urban park with fountains, sculptures, seating areas and tennis court - a unique green outdoor reception, festival and activity area.

Below the park is the Auditorium Plaza Garage, an underground 1,000 vehicle parking facility. Well-lit tunnels with colorful directional signage connect the garage to the Convention Facilities, as well as nearby hotels. Enter the garage from Wyandotte Street or Central Street between 12th and 13th streets.

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