Although most of the 2012 Republican National Convention (RNC) took place at the Tampa Bay Times Forum arena, the Tampa Convention Center (TCC) saw plenty of action, too, as it served as the RNC's media operations center, hosting more than 15,000 media during the weeklong event.
In anticipation of that function, the 600,000-square-foot TCC completed 24 months of upgrades and renovations, according to the venue, which said future meetings will benefit from the enhancements for months and years to come.
Among the improvements made at the TCC prior to the RNC: installing a new fiber-optic infrastructure, making cellular network upgrades and offering free Wi-Fi access in the public areas on every floor of the facility. In addition, the center's video system was converted from analog to digital, offering an infinite number of "channels" with high-quality video footage.
Finally, the TCC used the RNC to increase efforts for an aggressive green initiative, which includes joining the United States Green Building Council (USGBC), working to earn its LEED certification, expanding its recycling program and offering nine acres of ENERY STAR-rated reflective roof covering.
"The RNC is over and the crowds have gone, but the millions of dollars worth of expansions, upgrades and improvements made at the convention center and throughout the destination remain," said TCC Director of Sales and Marketing Eric Blanc. "Meeting planners and attendees from around the world will immediately benefit from these improvements."