Pittsburgh Auto Show Canceled

Pittsburgh -- The Pittsburgh International Auto Show, scheduled to begin Saturday at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center, was canceled last night following Monday's partial collapse of the center's loading dock floor.

"Unfortunately, building officials needed more time to assess the situation, and we just ran out of time," said Denise Brennan, chief executive of the Greater Pittsburgh Automobile Dealers Association, which owns the show.

"At this time, we are working closely with the building officials and evaluating options to possibly reschedule the show to take place sometime this spring," Brennan added.

The association will refund advance-purchase tickets, she said. Refund information will be available on the association's website, at www.pittautoshow.com.

The convention center was briefly evacuated after the accident, but move-in for the auto show, one of the center's largest shows, was suspended pending inspections by the building's architect and construction contractor.

A 20-by-60-foot-long concrete slab collapsed under the weight of a tractor-trailer on the second-floor loading dock. The slab fell 30 feet to a walkway below. The collapse also caused a large forklift, known as a cherry-picker, to fall from the loading dock to the walkway. No one was injured.

In addition to the auto show, the Creative Memories show, scheduled to begin today, has relocated to the Omni William Penn Hotel, according to a notice posted on the convention center's website, and the Learning Disabilities Association has relocated its meeting, scheduled to begin Feb. 13, to the Omni William Penn Hotel and the Westin Convention Center Hotel.

The center, which contains more than 340,000 square feet of exhibit space, is owned by the Sports & Exhibition Authority, a public entity, and managed by SMG.

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