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The Washington State Convention Center
is a convention center
A convention center is a large building that is designed to hold a convention, where individuals and groups gather to promote and share common interests. Convention centers typically offer sufficient floor area to accommodate several thousand attendees...
located next to and over Interstate 5
Interstate 5 is the main Interstate Highway on the West Coast of the United States, running largely parallel to the Pacific Ocean coastline from Canada to Mexico . It serves some of the largest cities on the U.S...
in downtown Seattle, Washington
Seattle is the county seat of King County, Washington. With 608,660 residents as of the 2010 Census, Seattle is the largest city in the Northwestern United States. The Seattle metropolitan area of about 3.4 million inhabitants is the 15th largest metropolitan area in the country...
, adjacent to Freeway Park
Freeway Park in Seattle, Washington, United States, extends from Downtown Seattle, where it adjoins the Washington State Convention and Trade Center, to First Hill. The park bridges over Interstate 5 and a large city-owned parking lot; 8th Avenue bridges over the park...
. Planning for its construction began in 1982; construction began in 1985, and the center opened on June 18, 1988. An expansion that doubled the usable space was undertaken from 1999 to 2001, designed by LMN Architects of Seattle. It has 307700 square feet (28,586.3 m²) of total meeting space. The convention center averages over 400,000 visitors a year. A $766 million proposed expansion, to be completed by 2014, would double exhibit space.
Events held at the convention center
- Emerald City ComiCon
The Emerald City Comicon is an annual comic book convention taking place in Seattle, Washington. Originally taking place at the city's Qwest Field , the venue changed to its current home at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center since 2008...
2008, 2009, 2010, 2011. Will return in 2012.
- Microsoft MVP World Summit 2007, 2008. May return in 2009.
- Penny Arcade Expo
The Penny Arcade Expo is a semi-annual gamer festival held in Seattle and Boston. PAX was created by Jerry Holkins and Mike Krahulik, the authors of the Penny Arcade webcomic, because they wanted to attend a show that gave equal attention to console gamers, computer gamers, and tabletop...
2007, 2008, 2009, 2010. 2011. May return in 2012
Sakura-Con is an annual three-day anime convention held during March or April at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington.- Programming :...
2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011. Will return in 2012.
- The 41st annual TESOL Convention.
- WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999
The WTO Ministerial Conference of 1999 was a meeting of the World Trade Organization, convened at the Washington State Convention and Trade Center in Seattle, Washington, USA, over the course of three days, beginning November 30, 1999. A week before the meeting, delegates admitted failure to agree...
- NECA Show 2009
As the electrical construction industry’s largest trade show, NECA’s annual convention and trade show draws attendees and exhibitors involved in all aspects of the electrical construction industry. The 2008 convention and trade show was held in Chicago, October 4-7, and had a cumulative attendance...
- Phi Theta Kappa
Phi Theta Kappa, also ΦΘΚ or sometimes PTK , is the international honor society of two-year colleges and academic programs, particularly community colleges and junior colleges. It also includes Associate's degree-granting programs offered by four-year colleges...