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Steel Being Erected at Southern New England's Largest Convention Facility

HARTFORD, CT, September 2003 - Towering cranes are building the new Connecticut Convention Center, a 550,000 square-foot facility anchoring New England's newest convention destination, the Adriaen's Landing development in downtown Hartford. Featuring giant exhibit, ballroom and meeting spaces and a dramatic glazed lobby more than 1.5 football fields long, the Connecticut Convention Center will be the largest between New York and Boston, offering high technology amenities and abundant local restaurants, shopping and attractions.

"We have designed the Connecticut Convention Center as a showpiece in a revitalized Hartford, and a nationally competitive facility," said Governor John G. Rowland, leader of the Connecticut Convention Center and Adriaen's Landing development initiative. "We are building a world-class convention center to complement the world-class arts, entertainment, heritage and other attractions in Hartford and throughout Connecticut."

The facility is being constructed overlooking the Connecticut River on the eastern edge of downtown Hartford, adjacent to the new Hartford Marriott Downtown, and Front Street, an exciting restaurant, retail, residential and entertainment district, all opening in 2005. When completed, more than 1,600 hotels rooms will be located within walking distance of the new Connecticut Convention Center.

The Connecticut Convention Center is designed by Thompson, Ventulett, Stainback & Associates (TVS), winner of the prestigious American Institute of Architects 2002 Architecture Firm Award, and Amenta/Emma Architects of Hartford, the Associate Architect for the project.

"The Connecticut Convention Center will be exceptionally user friendly," said Michael Ezell, AIA, and design principal for TVS. "All major spaces and levels are both visible and accessible from the lobby, and the views of Hartford and the river will be unique for this type of facility."

The 145,000 square foot Exhibit Hall can accommodate 800 10'X10' booths. The 40,000 square foot Ballroom, the largest in New England, is designed for comfortable group meals serving nearly 3,000 people, or receptions for more than 5,000 from a lofty vantage point 75-feet above street level.

Conference facilities at the Connecticut Convention Center have the flexibility to host large conventions as well as intimate upscale meetings. Attendees will connect in Hartford with state-of-the-art telecommunications facilities for high-speed conferencing. Show managers will use two Board Rooms overlooking the Exhibit Hall floor below.

Breakout Rooms surround the Connecticut Convention Center's giant ballroom, and can be configured for between 50 and 1,400 delegates.

The Connecticut Convention Center Ballroom and Breakout Rooms are served by vast pre-function and lobby areas that provide more than 23,000 square feet for registration, receptions, or booths. These spaces, with floor-to-ceiling glass, afford exhilarating views of the Hartford skyline and the Connecticut River from over one hundred feet above ground.

The steel superstructure of the building is well underway, with crews now placing the ballroom and meeting levels above the massive Exhibit Hall floor, perched over two levels of covered parking.

The Connecticut Convention Center is being managed by Waterford Management, and is owned by the Capital City Economic Development Authority (CCEDA). Pre-marketing is underway by the Greater Hartford Convention & Visitor's Bureau (GHCVB), Connecticut Office of Tourism and Benjamin Seidel, general manager of the new building. Among the new marketing tools, Hartford is offering prospective users a digital virtual reality tour of the facility.

"Hartford is an enormously attractive meeting market, and these new facilities will help us to satisfy a longstanding demand from larger regional and national users," said H. Scott Phelps, president of the GHCVB.

Seidel adds, "We are finding that there is a lot of interest in Hartford as a fresh New England destination, because of our heritage attractions, our location 2-hours from 20-million people, and the attractiveness of the new building."

For more information about the Connecticut Convention Center contact the GHCVB at 860-728-6789, or log onto www.enjoyhartford.com and click on the "Conventions" tab.

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National PR Agency:
Lisa O'Neill/Terence Gallagher
Lou Hammond & Associates
Tel: (212) 891-0214
E-mail: lisao@lhammond.com

Connecticut Office of Tourism:
Ed Dombroskas
Executive Director
Tel: (860) 270-8080
E-mail: edward.dombroskas@po.state.ct.us


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