As far as convention centers go, the Orange County Convention Center is among the cream of the crop. Second in size, only to McCormick Place in Chicago, it contains a whopping 7,000,000 square feet of total space. The original building, known as the "West Concourse", housed an 11,300 seat arena from 1983-1992. Famous acts who performed there include Madonna, Hall & Oates, Tina Turner, and Aerosmith. The massive structure originally cost $164 million to build (adjusted for inflation). Take a look around!
The convention center is located on the south end of International Drive, Orlando's main tourist strip. With four major hotels connected directly to the convention center by a covered walkway, the area is home to such famous attractions as the Pointe Orlando entertainment complex, Fun Spot America, and a plethora of themed restaurants, bars, outlet malls, mini-golf courses, and - the big kahuna - Universal Orlando Resort. See what's in direct walking distance to the convention center in the video below.
The convention center hosts a large number of meetings, events and trade shows throughout the year. This includes many exciting ticketed events that are open to the public. Coming this December are the Central Florida Ballet's production of "The Nutcracker" and the Import Car Show "Cars and Kicks." Check the convention center's event calendar before you visit.
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