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Sacramento Convention Center Renovation & Expansion Project

Sacramento Convention Center exterior shot

City Council okays moving forward with preliminary design 

May 31, 2017 

The Sacramento City Council tonight approved the go-ahead for project design to start drawing plans for a larger, more attractive and competitive Convention Center. No major physical improvements have been made to the Convention Center in the last two decades. 

The project expands building capacity, makes the building easier to navigate, expands the use of flexible space, upgrades the interior and technology and includes indoor/outdoor meeting and function areas.

"I'm extremely pleased with the hard work everyone has undertaken to get us to this point," said Mayor Darrell Steinberg. "This plan will allow us to invest in the Sacramento Convention Center and other civic amenities in ways that go beyond simply updating and maintaining – so we are innovating and championing our natural assets like the riverfront to make Sacramento a true destination city."

Specifically, the first phase includes expanded exhibit space, a new kitchen, additional meeting rooms, east lobby and a new west lobby in a 205,000 square-foot building. The project also includes an event plaza between the Center and the Community Center Theatre for convention functions or a community gathering place.

If the finance plan is approved by City Council later this summer, construction may start as soon as March of 2018 and wrap up in late 2020. The construction and other costs associated with labor, design and environmental review of the project is anticipated to be $125 million for phase 1.

Staff will return to City Council in August with a framework for the financing of both phases 1 and 2 of renovation and expansion of the Convention Center.

Contact: Linda K. Tucker, (916) 808-7523