Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Approved

Las Vegas -- A $738-million expansion of the Las Vegas Convention Center was approved yesterday by the Las Vegas Convention & Visitors Authority (LVCVA) board of directors.

Primary projects include a 100,000-square-foot general-session space; additional meeting rooms to support the facility's South Hall exhibit space; and a new front lobby connecting the North, Central and South Halls.

Other projects include an enclosed corridor between the convention center and the Las Vegas Monorail station, a police substation, a fire department station, and a customer service support center.

Construction is scheduled to begin in late 2006 and be completed by the end of 2010, according to the LVCVA, which operates the center.

The LVCVA will fund the expansion through about $680 million dollars in debt and about $57 million from cash reserves.

The 3.2-million-square-foot convention center is the country's third largest, behind number-one McCormick Place, in Chicago; and the Orange County Convention Center, in Orlando, Fla.