Los Angeles Convention Center
|Los Angeles Convention Center|
Los Angeles Convention Center Annex, South Hall entrance at Pico and Figueroa
|Address||1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, California
|Owner||City of Los Angeles|
|• Total space||720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2)|
|Public transit access||
The Los Angeles Convention Center (LACC) is a convention center in the southwest portion of downtown Los Angeles. The LACC hosts annual events such as the Los Angeles Auto Show and Anime Expo, and is best known to video game fans as host to the Electronic Entertainment Expo, also known as E3. Its newest major events are the Primetime Emmy Awards' Governors Ball, Microsoft WPC, Abilities Expo, and frequent TV show and movie filmings (notably as a spaceport for Starship Troopers and used for the climactic fight scene in Rush Hour).
The Convention Center, designed by architect Charles Luckman, opened in 1971 and expanded in 1993 and 1997. It was originally built as a rectangle building, between Pico Boulevard and 11th Street (now Chick Hearn Ct.) on Figueroa Street. The northeast portion of the Center was demolished in 1997 to make way for the Staples Center. The Convention Center Annex of green glass and white steel frames, mainly on the south side of Pico, was designed by architect James Ingo Freed.
The area in front of the Convention Center is known as the Gilbert Lindsay Plaza, named for the late councilman who represented the Downtown area of Los Angeles for many years. A 10-foot (3.0 m)-high monument honoring "The Emperor of the Great 9th District" was unveiled in 1995. The drive between Figueroa Street and the Convention Center building is also named after Councilman Lindsay.
On March 1, 1983, a tornado caused damages to the roof and upper-level panels. The building was repaired and new Convention Center lettering signs were installed at a total cost of $3 million.
Since 2005, the convention center has hosted the MusiCares Person of the Year tribute two nights prior to the Grammy Awards. It also hosted the pre-telecast portion of the Grammy Awards (preceding the main telecast at the Staples Center) until 2013, when the pre-telecast was moved to the Nokia Theatre.
On September 15, 2008, the Los Angeles Convention Center became the first U.S. convention center and first Los Angeles City building of its age and size in the U.S. to be Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certified for Existing Buildings from the United States Green Building Council.
The LACC is one of the largest convention centers in the United States with over 720,000 sq ft (67,000 m2) of exhibition space, 147,000 sq ft (13,700 m2) of meeting space, 1,960,000 sq ft (182,000 m2) of parking, and a 299 seat theater.
The lobby floors in the north half of the building feature two large 140,000 sq ft (13,000 m2) multicolor maps of inlaid terrazzo. The project was installed by artist Alexis Smith in 1993. A map of the world centered on the Pacific Rim covers the entire floor of the main lobby, while a map of the constellations around the north celestial pole covers the floor of the upstairs lobby.
- South Hall (Tom Bradley (Mayor) Exhibit Hall, 347,000 square feet)
- Kentia Hall (beneath South Exhibit Hall, can be converted into a 415-car parking garage)
- West Hall (Sam Yorty (Mayor) Exhibit Hall, 210,000 square feet)
- Neil Petree Hall
- Concourse (two-story meeting room bridging over Pico Boulevard)
- 3 food courts
- On-site parking for 5,600 vehicles including electrical charge stations
2010 development proposal
In 2010, the Anschutz Entertainment Group (AEG) and businessman Casey Wasserman proposed construction of Farmers Field, a US$1 billion combination football stadium and convention center, meant to attract the return of a National Football League (NFL) team to the Los Angeles area.
The project would have been a retractable-roof center. The "West Hall" of the existing Convention Center would have been demolished to facilitate the stadium portion of the proposal. A new convention hall, called "LACOEX", would be built, with a connection to the south hall.
The development proposal was abandoned in March 2015. The Los Angeles area was able to attract an NFL team, with the league agreeing in January 2016 to transfer the St. Louis Rams to Los Angeles for the 2016 NFL season. The Rams will play at the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum until the 2019 completion of the (temporarily named) Inglewood Stadium, on the site of the former Hollywood Park Racetrack.
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- List of convention centers in the United States
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