Convention center

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For other uses, see Convention Center station.
The Capitol View Conference Center in Washington, D. C.
Inside the big auditorium of the Swiss Tech Convention Center.

A convention center (American English; conference centre outside the USA)[1] is a large building that is designed to hold a convention, where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests. Convention centers typically offer sufficient floor area to accommodate several thousand attendees. Very large venues, suitable for major trade shows, are sometimes known as exhibition centres. Convention centers typically have at least one auditorium and may also contain concert halls, lecture halls, meeting rooms, and conference rooms. Some large resort area hotels include a convention center.

Historic centers[edit]

19th-century exhibition halls[edit]

Melbourne's Royal Exhibition Building, host of the 1880 World's Fair

20th-century exhibition halls[edit]

21st-century exhibition halls[edit]

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  1. ^ "English definition of "convention centre"". Cambridge Dictionaries Online. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  2. ^ "The History of Conference Centers". Lane End Conference Center. 26 January 2015. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 
  3. ^ "Alexandra Palace, Muswell Hill and Wood Green, North London". The Victorian Web. Retrieved 13 March 2015. 

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