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Parking Made Easy at the 15 Largest Convention Centers (Plus Buffalo)
Source: Devanny Novak, ExhibitCityNews.com
Attendees and exhibitors have plenty to worry about during a tradeshow without having to stress over parking. From planning the event to setting up the booth, parking should be the most hassle-free task during the show, but this is rarely the case.
Over the course of a three-day show, knowing the parking situation can save time, money and a little bit of sanity. After all, some convention centers have different rates for surface or garage parking. But that might not matter in Chicago or New York in the winter time, as having a roof over your head may be more important than a few extra bucks in the wallet.
For these reasons, Exhibit City News has put together a comprehensive list of parking information from the 15 largest convention centers in the U.S. Some locations, such as the Orange County Convention Center in Orlando and the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta, offer services such as free shuttle transportation between the parking lot and facility. Although these amenities vary by convention center, each one has a little something extra to offer its patrons.
Other features ECN has included are details on the specific types of parking (lot, garage, underground, etc.), rate information and whether the facility is connected to a public transit system, such as a bus line or metro light rail.
As a courtesy to our local trade show exhibitors, we at FB have gathered information on the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center for your reference. As always, if you have any questions on a venue not listed here, we will do our best to help!
Facility Overall Sq ft Type of parking Rates Additional services
Buffalo Niagara Convention Center (NY) 110,000 More than 6,000 parking spaces are conveniently located around the Convention Center. This includes parking ramps, surface lots and street parking. $2-4 hourly, $6-8 daily. Handicapped meter parking is available on Franklin Street, Pearl Street and surrounding streets. Metro Station within walking distance.
McCormick Place (Ill.) 2,700,000 Three lots, including indoor, outdoor and underground parking. Over 5,500 spaces within walking distance. Range from $14 - $30 Vehicle assistance available, as well as an escort to the parking lot.
Orange County Convention Center (Fla.) 2,539,559 Over 8,300 spaces between two lots and a large parking garage. Convention District offers more than 20,000 spaces. Fee is $13 per car, $25 per oversized vehicle. Price changes to $8 after 5p.m. Shuttle available for employees and exhibiting companies. Security can also provice escort to the parking lot.
Las Vegas Convention Center (Nev.) 2,157,235 At least 10 different parking lots on-site surface parkin with 4,660 spaces. $10 per car each day. Taxi and monorail access available. Free shuttle service also offered.
Georgia World Congress Center (Ga.) 1,673,563 Seven parking lots and two parking decks, totaling 7,000 spaces. $10 for all day parking. Goes up to $15 during Falcon games and other major events. Free shuttle that runs from parking lots to the facility and back.
New Orleans Morial Convention Center (La.) 1,508,763 Outdoor lots have 1,600 spaces. Metered and garage spaces are additional 2,500. Rates vary from $10 - $20 each day. Designated exhibitor staff parking.
Sands Expo and Convention Center (Nev.) 1,326,807 Pay lot or 15-floor parking garage. Prices vary by event. Security travels parking garage on a regular basis.
Dallas Convention Center (Texas) 1,116,307 Two garages and three lots. $12 per vehicle. DART Rail stops in the convention center. Electronbic kiosk available to order transportation from.
The Moscone Center (Calif.) 1,037,988 No on-site parking. Six different garages, most from neighboring businesses. Range from $2.50 for every 20 minutes to $50 for a full day. BART and MUNI transit systems have stations within walking distance. Some electric vehicle parking available.
Phoenix Convention Center (Ariz.) 1,029,088 Four above-ground garages and one underground, with a total of 4,629 spaces. $12 per vehicle all day at any of the PCC garages. Metro Light Rail and Valley Metro bus line both have stops near the convention center.
George R. Brown Convention Center (Texas) 1,006,958 Surface and covered parking for 3,000 cars. About 1,600 other spaces connected by a skywalk. 650 spaces in an underground garage across the street, as well as 1,600 spaces at the Hilton nearby. Surface lots range from $5 - $15, and the garage has a flat rate of $10. METRO Rail available, as well as "Six in the City" - $6 cab rides anywhere downtown.
Donald E. Stephens Convention Center (Ill.) 879,000 Parking garage across the street, 8,000 spaces $13 each vehicle, all day Pedestrian skybridge connects the parking to the convention center and three hotels.
Jacob K. Javits Convention Center (NY) 844,780 No on-site parking. Central Parking System offers 8 lots. Central Parking lots are flat $50. Other lots vary between $12 - $35 per hour. Bus and subway have stations within walking distance.
San Diego Convention Center (Calif.) 814,035 Two-story underground parking garage. 1,900 spaces with 2,000 across the street and 5,000 within walking distance. $8 per day, per vehicle. $10 for downtown events. Garage charges $10/day. Metro Transit System and San Diego Trolley both stop at the convention center.
The Colorado Convention Center (Colo.) 785,403 1,000 space on-site garage, with access to Convention Center and Performing Arts Complex. $12/8 hours, $15/12 hours, $17/18 hours. Automatic pay stations available. Denver RTD also offers a bus and light rail. 8 hours of free parking for hybrid/electric vehicles.
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