by Leo Jakobson | August 07, 2018
Big changes are happening at the country's biggest and emerging gaming destinations, and this is great news for meeting planners, whether they are looking to bring their groups to Las Vegas or far from it.

Of all the changes coming to Las Vegas, none will have a greater impact than the vast expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center. Plans for the $860 million project were unveiled in April by the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority, including the 1.4 million-square-foot expansion of the LVCC's existing 3.2 million square feet. It will feature a fluid, wave-like exterior design with a glass wall and a replica of the famous "Welcome to Las Vegas" sign prominently set above the main lobby.

"Our biggest goal was to give Las Vegas a convention center that will be iconic, with a design that nods to all of the very unique architecture in the city's history," said Rob Svedberg, principal of tvsdesign, the project's architects, at the unveiling. "Being iconic in Las Vegas is different than being iconic in other places, and we really want this building to be unique in the marketplace."

Built on land once occupied by the old Riviera, the Strip-facing facility will have at least 600,000 square feet of new exhibit space. The expansion, scheduled to open in time for the massive CES 2021 show at the beginning of that year, is the second phase of the project. Phase three is a complete renovation of the existing 3.2 million-square-foot convention center. That is scheduled for completion by 2023.

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