Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center is situated at Beach Boulevard in Biloxi, Mississippi and is approximately 15 minutes from Gulfport-Biloxi International airport. There are a number of car hire services available at the airport as well as taxi services and the center boasts 4,000 parking spaces. The complex comprises of an arena, which host various shows and events and the convention center.
The Convention Center is a flexible facility suitable for many types of gatherings such as conferences, meetings, parties and exhibitions. It totals 400,000 square feet and offers state of the art facilities and amenities including telecommunication services such as telephone lines, fax machines, credit card machines, computers, modems and ISDN lines. There are audio/visual services too with video systems and equipment, projectors, screens, presentation equipment and sound and lighting.
There are four halls and an exhibit hall at the convention center, which can be sectioned off in to smaller areas. The exhibit hall can be split in to four parts and accommodates the largest number of people with up to 2,380 people for a banquet in one section. There are also various lobby rooms available for smaller gatherings, and easy access to all convention areas is available for loading and unloading equipment.
The Arena has been in operation since 1977 and has fully upholstered seating for over 4,300 people. Here visitors can be entertained by various events and shows from superstar entertainers, Broadway, circuses, professional sports, rodeos, dance and many other things. There are restrooms for men and women on two floors, concession stands and handicap seating at the arena, no matter what the event is on show.
Various events take place at the Convention Center throughout the year including the Annual MS Coast Coliseum Crawfish Festival, which features live entertainment and rides. The main event of the festival, which usually takes place in April of each year, is the crawfish cook-off. The Coliseum also plays host to an annual summer fair in June with more rides, live entertainment and contests running for over a week.
There are numerous places near the Mississippi Coast Coliseum and Convention Center to stay overnight or longer. The nearest two are Quality Inn and Motel 6, which are both also located at Beach Boulevard less than a kilometer's walk from the Convention Center. Other accommodation in Biloxi includes Broadway Inn Express, Treasure Bay Casino and Hotel and Edgewater Inn all less than three kilometers away.
Guests looking for dining options in Biloxi will find numerous restaurants, with the nearest to the Convention Center being Bernie's and Piccadilly Cafeteria in Beach Boulevard or El Rancho Bar & Grill in nearby Pass Road. There are many things to do in Biloxi with several casinos located here such as Treasure Bay Casino. Beauvoir is an historic home located on a plantation site less than a kilometer away, whilst the Ohr-O'Keefe Museum of Art displays the works of local 19th century potter George Ohr.