Lake Placid Convention Center Eyes March Opening

Less than six months from its March 2011 opening, crews are busy putting the final touches on a new convention facility in downtown Lake Placid, N.Y., home of the 1932 and 1980 Winter Olympics, according to local reports.

The new facility, the Conference Center at Lake Placid, will be part of the city's Olympic Center Complex, which is home to arenas from both the 1932 and 1980 Olympics. With both arenas and the new conference center — which totals 57,000 square feet — the complex will collectively offer over 89,000 square feet of meeting and exhibition space, including 12 breakout rooms, a full-service kitchen and a 9,000-square-foot ballroom.

"Our new conference center is a facility that offers flexible meeting space with comfortable seating, soundproof walls and all of the audio visual technological equipment and connections necessary to conduct a contemporary business meeting," said Arlene Day, director of sales and service at the Lake Placid CVB. "That opens up a whole new market for our destination."

Added Olympic Center Manager Denny Allen, "Lake Placid now offers the best of both worlds, as we can still accommodate groups who are looking for a traditional convention center. The Herb Brooks 1980 Arena and the Jack Shea 1932 Arena are connected to the conference center, and each offers 20,000 square feet of space for a variety of large scale trade shows, food and beverage functions, and events."

Upon completion this spring, the Conference Center at Lake Placid expects to be LEED certified, as the new facility was built using sustainable construction techniques and includes several green features, including natural daylight, energy-efficient fixtures and recycled materials.

"Everyone that we talk to is very excited about the new facility," said Tracey Ridenour, director of sales and marketing at the Lake Placid CVB. "Notably, the elegant ballroom, which is now the largest room of its type in Lake Placid, the full service kitchen and the expected LEED certification are all great advantages for us in our marketing efforts."

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