ROCHESTER, MN — The $84 million Mayo Civic Center expansion project, which began in March 2015, was substantially completed on April 1, 2017. The first major event in the newly finished venues was the Minnesota Society of Health-System Pharmacists Annual Conference from April 6-7. The group of 300 pharmacists utilized several new suites.
“After more than two years of construction, we are thrilled that our beautiful new venues are up and running,” said Donna Drews, Executive Director of the Mayo Civic Center. The expansion nearly doubled the facility’s capacity for hosting events, Drews noted. “We’re excited for clients, conference attendees, event-goers and community members to see our transformation and use our new ballroom, event suites, meeting rooms and outdoor Riverfront Plaza.”
Located in the heart of downtown Rochester, the expanded Mayo Civic Center features Minnesota’s largest ballroom (40,000 sq. ft.) with seating capacity of more than 4,000 classroom-style or 2,000 banquet-style. In addition, the center features pre-function areas with views of the Zumbro River and downtown Rochester, 23 breakout rooms, a brand-new 7,000-sq.-ft. banquet production kitchen, and the 7,500-sq.-ft. Riverfront Plaza, an outdoor reception venue. In total, the Mayo Civic Center now offers more than 200,000 sq. ft. of flexible meeting and exhibit space.