Colorado Convention Center
The Colorado Convention Center ( CCC) is a multi-purpose meeting facility centrally located in downtown Denver, Colorado. Within blocks of the Colorado State Capitol, it is among the landmarks of Denver.

History
The Colorado Convention Center underwent a $340 million major expansion that was completed in December 2004. The expansion doubled the size of the facility which now consists of 584,000 square feet (54,300 m 2) of exhibit space, 100,000 square feet (9,300 m 2) of meeting rooms, and 85,000 square feet (7,900 m 2) of ballroom space. The expansion of the facility also included the spectacular 5,000 seat Wells Fargo Theatre. The CCC is now 2.2 million gross square feet. Curtis W. Fentress, FAIA, RIBA of Fentress Architects designed the CCC, as well as the Phase II expansion. The CCC also boasts an attached 1,000 space, 3-level parking structure as well as its own RTD (Regional Transportation District) Light Rail stop for even easier accessibility.

Company Profile
The Colorado Convention Center is owned by the City and County of Denver but is privately managed by SMG . SMG was founded in 1977 and manages convention centers, exhibition halls and trade centers, arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theaters, and specific-use venues such as equestrian centers around the world. Currently, SMG manages 1.5 million arena seats, 98% of the publicly-owned exhibition space in North America, and over 10,000,000 square feet (930,000 m 2) of convention center space. The SMG managed facilities collectively host thousands of events each year and over 30 million event attendees.

Location
The CCC is located between 14th Street and Speer Boulevard, and between Champa Street and Welton Street. Stout Street runs underneath the building, as does the ( RTD) Light Rail's Central Corridor. Currently the D, F and H lines run through this corridor's stop. The Hyatt Regency Denver, completed around the same time as the CCC expansion, is located across 14th Street from the Center and is one of Denver's Top Ten tallest buildings with 38 floors for a height of 489 feet (149 m). Across Welton Street, on the historic registry, is the Denver Athletic Club. The CCC is linked by a pedestrian bridge across Champa Street to the Denver Performing Arts Complex with its nine theatres. It is across Welton Street from the Emily Griffith Opportunity School. The University of Colorado Denver, Metropolitan State College of Denver, and the Community College of Denver are all located to the west across Speer Boulevard at the Auraria Campus. The Colorado Convention Center is central to many other downtown attractions including: the 16th Street Mall, the Denver Pavilions, the LoDo (Lower Downtown) district, the Pepsi Center- home of the Colorado Avalanche, Denver Nuggets, Colorado Crush and the Colorado Mammoth, Coors Field- home of the Colorado Rockies, Denver's Downtown Aquarium, Elitch Gardens amusement park, and the Denver Botanic Gardens.

Events
The CCC hosts hundreds of events each year from local community luncheons to City-wide conventions. Some of the annual events include:
  • Great American Beer Festival
  • Colorado Thespian Conference
  • Colorado State Spelling Bee
  • Graduation Ceremonies for Denver Public Schools, Metropolitan State College of Denver, Community College of Denver, University of Colorado Denver, Westwood College, Art Institute of Colorado, University of Phoenix, and Regis University.
  • Holiday Food and Gift Festival
  • Denver Auto Show
  • Denver Boat Show
  • Colorado Prayer Luncheon
  • Colorado Garden and Home Show
  • Colorado Ski and Snow Sports Expo
  • Salute to Seniors
  • World Science Fiction Convention
The Wells Fargo Theatre is quickly gaining popularity as a music venue. In 2007 it was rated in Pollstar among the Top 100 Worldwide Theatre Venues. Some of the acts that have graced the stage are:
  • Bruce Springsteen (opened the Theatre in early 2005)
  • Jonas Brothers
  • Wheel of Fortune Denver Tour
  • Dane Cook
  • Melissa Ethridge
  • John Legend
  • Rob Thomas
  • Drew Carey
  • Dolly Parton
  • David Gray
  • Ron White
  • Tori Amos
  • Alicia Keys
  • Jamie Foxx
  • David Spade
  • Neil Young
  • Al Gore
  • The Cheetah Girls
  • Crosby, Stills and Nash
  • Demi Lovato
  • David Archuleta


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