Plano Event Center, the City’s 86,400 square foot convention center, is undergoing a $3.2 million courtyard renovation to significantly expand upon programmable and rentable spaces for outdoor events. The new features will provide extensive shaded areas and expanded hardscape to accommodate receptions, impromptu meeting spaces and live entertainment.
Certainly, meeting planners today are searching for unique settings for break-out sessions, receptions, weddings, and other special events; the renovated courtyard will provide those amenities in a manner never offered before at Plano Event Center and will give a competitive edge over other comparable venues. The renovation is expected to be completed by summer 2024.
Plano Event Center Renovation Highlights
outdoor courtyard will include:
- Hardscape paving
- Site lighting
- Site furniture
- Shade structures
- Fireplace structure
- Audio/visual equipment and connections
- Utility adjustments
- New fencing and entry gates
- Landscape planting beds
- Tree plantings
- Reconfiguration of the irrigation system
Additionally, the fireplace area will draw patrons out to enjoy cocktails and tapas while listening to live or recorded music from the wireless sound system located throughout the courtyard area. There will be a stage area for performance artists or musical groups and plenty of outdoor seating with tables for al fresco dining provided courtesy of the venue’s culinary team.
Plano Event Center Features & Amenities
The venue’s flexible function space can accommodate up to 5,000 people for meetings, tradeshows, conventions, galas, indoor sporting events, weddings, and other social events. Features include:
- Free parking
- 21,600-square-foot carpeted, column-free exhibit hall
- High dock and street level move-in access
- Master stage and dressing rooms
- 16 different breakout rooms
- Trade show booth furnishing packages
- Recreational vehicle parking and hookups
- In-house audiovisual equipment & technicians
- In-house catering team
- Free public Wi-Fi, plus private fiber internet access
- Full-service business center
For more information about hosting events in Plano, check out our Meeting Planner guide.