Anaheim Convention Center Plans New Outdoor Event Space

The Anaheim Convention Center in Orange County, Calif., is expanding its outdoor and special events space, creating a new multi-use venue called the Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza, the Anaheim/Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau announced last week.

Totaling 100,000 square feet, the Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza will be a "vibrant pedestrian plaza," according to the CVB, featuring "lush landscaping, expansive walkways, interesting hardscape designs, dramatic water features and fountains, ample seating areas, special lighting and infrastructure necessary to support a multitude of special events."

With construction scheduled to start early next year, the Grand Plaza is expected to open in late 2012, accommodating recreational events, outdoor exhibits and al fresco dining, as well as outdoor receptions and meetings.

"The Grand Plaza provides us with a new opportunity to let our clients use their imagination and create something spectacular for their attendees," said Charles Ahlers president of the Anaheim Orange County Visitor & Convention Bureau. "Our excellent year-round sunny weather is the perfect backdrop for this space. Here groups can dine al fresco, listen to concerts, or attend receptions and exhibitions. The Grand Plaza will provide attendees with a spectacular outdoor meeting and gathering environment like no other. It will enhance our open, campus-like space surrounding the Anaheim Convention Center and the walkability to the adjacent hotels."

Added Convention Center, Sports and Entertainment Executive Director Tom Morton, "The Anaheim Convention Center Grand Plaza is designed to create a new sense of arrival for guests visiting our resort area, as well as provide us with the flexibility to utilize this attractive outdoor space in a number of ways to accommodate the needs of our clients and local citizens."