Convention Center Expansion Moves Forward

December 5, 2018

Charlotte City Council approved the project financing for the $110 million Charlotte Convention Center expansion on Nov. 26, another critical step forward for the venue that will add flexible meeting space, a pedestrian bridge and additional amenities.

The 550,000-square-foot Charlotte Convention Center, which currently features 280,000 square feet of exhibit space and 126,500 square feet of meeting and ballroom space, will begin work on the expansion beginning in spring 2019 and will be available for contracting in spring 2021. The Convention Center will remain open and be able to accommodate groups in the unaffected meeting and exhibit spaces.

The expansion will add a more than 50,000 square feet of meeting rooms and pre-function space, allowing up to 54 individual breakout sessions at one time that can accommodate 50 to 600 people theater-style with the flexibility to create two 10,000-square-foot spaces. Other enhancements to the Convention Center include the ability to configure the 35,000-square-foot Richardson Ballroom into four meeting rooms (up from three) that are 7,700 square feet each. The expansion will also create an overstreet pedestrian walkway to The Westin Charlotte, two new hotels that are part of the Crescent Communities mixed-use development, and the LYNX Blue Line light rail Stonewall Station, which provides access to abundant dining, retail and nightlife.


Current Space

After Expansion


Total Space

Approximately 550,000 sq. ft.

Approximately 600,000 sq. ft.

Adding more than 50,000 additional sq. ft. of sellable space

Meeting Rooms & Ballrooms

126,500 sq. ft. (37 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms—with one that can be divided into 3)

154,000 sq. ft. (50 meeting rooms and 2 ballrooms-with one of the ballrooms now able to be divided into 4)

Approximately 27,500 additional sq. ft. of meeting rooms

Pre-Function (Meeting Rooms & Ballrooms)

90,800 sq. ft.

116,625 sq. ft.

Approximately 25,825 additional sq. ft. of meeting room pre-function space

Exhibit Halls

280,000 sq. ft. (can be separated into 4 halls)

280,000 sq. ft. (can be separated into 4 halls)

No change

Back of House Support Space



Adding approximately 43,000 square feet of back of house support space as part of expansion