ALBANY, NY – The Albany Capital Center (ACC) has hosted 83 events since opening its doors on March 1, 2017, with 47 contracted events still to come this year for a total of 130 events scheduled in the first year alone. The total events for 2017 span 184 event days and result in 4,225 booked hotel room nights, bringing upwards of 60,000 guests to downtown Albany. SMG, Albany Capital Center operator, continues to aggressively market the facility, to bring more new business to the Capital Region, with additional events in the pipeline through 2019 and beyond.
“Witnessing the space’s versatility while collaborating with clients to bring a variety of exciting events to this area has truly been gratifying, especially when they turn around and book their event for future years. We’re thankful to the team at the Albany Convention Center Authority for their vision and dedication, as well as the many officials in Albany who helped make this a reality,” said Doug McClaine, General Manager, ACC.
Since the ribbon cutting on March 1 of this year, the ACC has played host to a variety of events and groups, many of which were new to downtown Albany. Among the new events, the Leet Systems ANYCON attracted 120 industry leaders; the Hudson Valley Agri-Business Development – 3rd National Farm Viability Conference drew 275 people and exhibitors from 28 different states; and the Empire State Society of Association Executives, a premier conference and tradeshow for association and meeting professionals, brought 500-plus attendees to the area. This November, 2,000 guests are expected to visit the Capital Complex and utilize nearly 160,000 sq. ft. of combined meeting and event space for the Capital Region BOCES meeting. The Capital Complex, comprised of the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, The Egg, the ACC and the Times Union Center, is the largest meeting space in upstate New York.
“The Capital Center is introducing business to Albany that has never been here before and also providing the opportunity for some important current clients to grow their business and become more valuable to our destination,” said Michele Vennard, President and CEO, Albany County Convention & Visitors Bureau.