The LA Convention Center: Facts and statistics

LA Convention Center

The LA Convention Center which is conveniently located in downtown Los Angeles, boasts 720,000 square feet of space and is one of the largest convention centers in the USA. In 2013, the city council employed the Anschutz Entertainment Group to manage the day to day running of the LA Convention Center.


The LA Convention Center was designed by world renown architect Charles Luckman and was officially opened in 1971. In 1997 a portion of the convention center was demolished, to make room for the Staples Center. However, council members such as William M. Hughs started to campaign for a LA based convention center since the late 1920s.


The LA Convention Center offers on site parking for up to 5,600 vehicles and boasts electrical charging stations, for electric cars and hybrid cards. The center also boasts not one but three food courts. You’ll also find a two storey meeting room, which bridges over Pico Boulevard.

Exhibition halls:

The largest exhibition hall is the South Hall, which is also known as the Tom Bradley Exhibit Hall and boasts 347,000 square feet of space. The second largest exhibition hall is the West Hall, which is also known as the Sam Yorty Exhibition Hall and boasts 210,000 square feet of floor space.

Well known events:

Each year the LA Convention Center hosts the Los Angeles Auto Show, the Primetime Emmy Awards’ Governors Ball and the Electronic Entertainment Expo. The latter of which is also referred to as E3 and attracts around 50,000 gamers. Most major conventions which are held in LA are held at the LA Convention Center.

Film location:

The LA Convention Center was used as a futuristic space port in the sci-fi comedy “Starship Troopers” and appeared during a fight scene, in the iconic film “Rush Hour”.

Tornado damage:

In 1938 a tornado caused extensive damage to the convention center’s roof. It cost approximately 3 million dollars to repair the convention center’s roof and replace the individual letters which made of the convention center’s sign.

Map of the world:

If you step into the LA Convention Center’s lobby and look down at your feet you’ll see a 140,000 square foot map of the world. If you head upstairs to the upstairs lobby, you’ll notice that the floor boasts a map of constellations.

Gilbert Lindsay Plaza:

You’ll find Gilbert Lindsay Plaza located directly in front of the convention center. The plaza is named after Gilbert Lindsay, a prominent council member who served downtown LA. If you visit the plaza, you’ll find a 10 foot tall statue of Lindsay, which was erected in 1995.

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