The Baltimore Convention Center has long been a destination for Maryland's special events, seminars, and banquets, but over the years its expansion has led to it being one of the premiere business event locations on the entire east coast. Located right in the heart of downtown Baltimore, the Convention Center is within walking distance of the Harbor, Oriole Park and Ravens Stadium, the Science Center, the Power Plant, and a variety of other entertainment, dining, and retail venues. Best of all, it offers convenient access for trade show, convention, and seminar attendees.
At its Pratt Street location, the Convention Center is located near a variety of public transportation. The MARC Train and the Light Rail are just a few steps away, and bus lines run down Pratt Street regularly. Penn Station is a seven minute drive away and BWI Airpot is about 20 minutes away. The building is owned by the city of Baltimore and they have taken great pride in its expansion and renovation. They appreciate the revenue the Convention Center generates and they have made it into a major part of the charm in Charm City.
The Convention Center originally opened in August of 1979. Its expansion and renovation was completed in April of 1997. The entire building is 1,225,000 square feet, including 300,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. There are an additional 85,000 square feet of meeting space and a 36,000 square foot ballroom. The center offers direct access to highways 83 and 95 and the exhibit hall spaces are equipped with loading docks. This means trucks are able to back right into the space near the exhibit halls and unload without worry of inclement weather or a long journey with heavy materials.
The space offers a state of the art telecommunications network operated by McDean, Incoporated. There is also access to large screen projection materials, and a variety of resources on their website for planning your event. Planning documents, projection order forms, and CAD files are all available on the website, as well. Food and beverage service can be provided at your event by Aramark food services.
One of the best things about the Convention Center is its convenient location to recreation and dining. This means anyone attending an event will have a variety of activity options before and during their seminars, exhibitions, or tradeshows. There is a skywalk connecting the Convention Center to hotels and shopping, and the skywalk ends down the Inner Harbor. Pratt Street is lined with a variety of bars and restaurants to relax and enjoy the Baltimore atmosphere in the evening after your event. You can head to an Orioles game when the team is in town, or visit one of the areas surrounding museums including the Geppi Entertainment Museum, The Babe Ruth Museum, or The Edgar Allen Poe Birthplace and Museum. The next time you are searching for a place to host your event, or you will be in attending an event at The Baltimore Convention Center, plan to get the most from your seminar or tradeshow, and enjoy a great time in Charm City.