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Visit Spokane Media Release
Tim Robinson
Director of Communications & PR
509.742.9373, 509.993.9824
Peyton Scheller
Communications Manager
509.742.9377, 509.869.1435
Spokane Convention Center Expansion Complete
After 17 months of work, the $55-million expansion of the Spokane Convention Center is finally complete. A late February open house attended by hundreds inaugurated the 91-thousand additional square feet added to the facility.

"The physical difference in the Convention Center is, itself, exciting," said Keith Backsen, Visit Spokane Vice President of Sales & Services. "What we're really happy about is being able to share this important new chapter in Spokane's story with meeting planners and groups who we may not have been able to reach before."

The majority of work done on the facility occurred near the shoreline of the adjacent Spokane River. Dramatic floor-to-ceiling windows have opened the Convention Center to spectacular views of the river and surrounding environment. As part of the overall project, extensive restoration work was done on the riverbank.

The expansion gives the Center a 120,000 sf exhibit hall, as well as an additional ballroom and new meeting space for a total of 32 meeting rooms. Most of the new space features either second-level or ground-level views of the river.

"The facility is beautiful and it takes great advantage of the proximity to our beautiful river," said Backsen. "We are confident that planners will be very impressed with what we now have to offer."

About Visit Spokane

Visit Spokane generates economic growth for Spokane County by successfully marketing the Spokane region as a preferred destination for conventions and leisure travelers from around the world. Visitors to Spokane County spent an estimated $877 million in 2013, providing jobs for nearly 9,620 residents in the region and generating $62 million in non-resident tax dollars collected in Spokane County.*

*Figures provided by Dean Runyan Associates report for the year ending 2013.


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