Happy New Year! Thought I'd share this fun fact-filled press release from Meet Minneapolis about the Minneapolis Convention Center.
The Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) is home to hundreds of events, gatherings and shows for local organizations as well as groups from all over the nation and the world. Public consumer shows including the Healthy Life Expo, The Wedding Fair and the Minneapolis Boat Show are just a few events that will be taking place in the MCC during January 2013. While attending any event at the MCC keep in mind these 10 fun facts about the Minneapolis Convention Center presented by Meet Minneapolis, Convention & Visitors Association.
1. Legendary musicians including, Jimmy Hendrix, The Doors, Johnny Cash and Elvis have taken the stage in the Minneapolis Auditorium. Recent performances have also included Sheryl Crow, The Beach Boys, Paul Simon, Skillet and Trey Songz.
2. Kelber Catering, the exclusive catering company of the MCC, sends roughly 116 tons of food waste to the food-to-hogs program in addition to donating about nine tons of food to local charities.
3. The MCC has saved $1.2 million in energy costs thanks to its 2,623 solar panels located on flat portions of the building’s roof.
4. Free Wi-Fi is available to visitors in the main level lobby.
5. The Hall A Ballroom is the largest, column-free ballroom space in the upper Midwest at 55,000 square feet.
6. If the IDS Center, the tallest building in Minneapolis standing at 792 feet, was laid on its side it could fit inside the MCC’s four adjacent exhibit halls.
7. By 2015 the MCC will accomplish an additional 10 percent reduction in energy use, reduce water consumption by 50 percent and increase recycling by 75 percent.
8. The North Star Roller Girls Roller Derby competes in all home bouts at the MCC.
9. All United States’ presidents from recent history have utilized the MCC including: presidents Barrack Obama, George W. Bush, Bill Clinton, George H.W. Bush and Jimmy Carter.
10. National conventions held at the MCC in 2012 contributed roughly $100 million to the economic impact of the city of Minneapolis.
-- Amanda Fretheim Gates
[Photo courtesy of Meet Minneapolis]