Las Vegas Convention Center Expansion Debuts with First Major Convention Post-Pandemic

LAS VEGAS, NV — On June 8, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority (LVCVA) debuted the Las Vegas Convention Center’s (LVCC) $1 billion, 1.4 million-sq.-ft. West Hall expansion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony, followed by doors opening to Informa Markets’ World of Concrete, the first major convention to return to Las Vegas and to the United States post-pandemic.

World of Concrete’s arrival comes on the heels of Las Vegas’ full reopening to 100 percent capacity on June 1. “This convention reinvigorates our commitment to be bold in how we envision the future of infrastructure and recovery of our state and this is only the beginning,” Nevada Governor Steve Sisolak said during the ribbon-cutting ceremony. “We are back in Las Vegas and there is no better or safer place to come to have a convention than Las Vegas.”

“We are excited to welcome our convention customers back to Las Vegas and to our new West Hall, reigniting the meetings and convention industry,” said Steve Hill, LVCVA President and CEO. “Today is not only a great day for our city, it’s a great day for the meetings and conventions industry across Las Vegas and across the United States.”

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Informa Markets remains committed to Las Vegas, with plans to host 10 additional events in the destination before the end of the year. World of Concrete will return to the LVCC next January. “We are thrilled to be returning to the live event format, especially in the home of the exhibitions industry in the U.S., Las Vegas,” said Nan Walsh, President, North America at Informa Markets. “There is an unparalleled magic about in-person connection — from sharing laughs with old friends, creating new ones, learning from industry experts, and seeing and feeling the latest products and innovations. We are so happy to be the first large-scale tradeshow to return to the show floor in the U.S., and the first to use the Las Vegas Convention Center’s incredible new West Hall, and through that partnership I believe we are signaling a return to business and connection that is needed now more than ever.”

For details on the West Hall expansion, as well as the The Boring Company’s recently launched underground people mover, read the cover story on Las Vegas in the 2021 F&D Spring issue.