|JOHN TIERNO / Staff Artist|
Either way, lines should not be a problem - the expansion has 368 toilets and urinals.
Each 1,000-square-foot section of floor required 100 trucks of concrete.
5. WHEN WILL THERE BE ENOUGH HOTEL ROOMS?
There are 10,606 rooms now in Center City.
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Five Big Questions Facing the Convention Center
1. IS IT BIG ENOUGH?
Even with the expansion, the Convention Center is only the 14th-largest in the country in exhibit
space. It does have the 11th-largest maximum contiguous space, though.
2. WILL IT LEAD TO MORE BUSINESS?
The space gives the center flexibility. During the time that large gated events such as the Flower and Auto Shows are set up and run, the facility can still handle large national conventions with attendees who stay overnight in local hotels. The chart below shows 2011 Convention Center events that utilize more space than existed in original building.
3. WHAT WILL BE THE ECONOMIC IMPACT?
The Philadelphia Convention and Visitors Bureau projects that current convention bookings will lead to a total of $2.7 billion spent in the city by 2020. Estimated annual impact for fiscal years 2011-13.
4. IS IT WORTH THE PRICE?
This thing wasn’t cheap. Including the original building, the state-funded Convention Center cost more than $1.5 billion to build.