The Orange County Convention Center is a convention center located in Orlando, Florida. Opened in 1983 as the Orange County Convention and Civic Center, it is the primary public convention center for the Central Florida region and the second-largest convention center in the United States, after McCormick Place in Chicago.Make Orange County Convention Center a centerpiece of your Orlando vacation itinerary, and find what else is worth visiting using our Orlando trip maker site.
The OCCC offers 7,000,000 sq ft (650,000 m2) of total space, 2,100,000 sq ft (200,000 m2) of which is exhibit space. The complex is located on the south end of International Drive, a major tourist area in Orlando. Solar panels on the roof of the South Concourse provide 1 MW of power.
The original building (the "West Concourse") once housed an 11,300-seat arena from 1983 to 1992. During its time, it hosted concerts by popular artists including Madonna, Tina Turner, Styx, Aerosmith, Mötley Crüe and Hall and Oates. Use of the arena declined following the opening of the Orlando Arena in 1989. The arena closed in 1992 and was renovated and converted into the main exhibition hall in 1996.
On April 18, 2012, the American Institute of Architects's Florida Chapter placed the building on its list of "Florida Architecture: 100 Years. 100 Places".
Orange County Convention Center Reviews
This is definitely the largest convention centers I've ever seen. It spread over a mile on international drive, with access above the street in some areas. You definitely need a map not to get lost! more »
Came for a volleyball tournament. The parking and traffic flow control is the worst I have ever seen. If you have to drove there - give yourself at least 2 hrs to sit in traffic to park. They... more »
An amazing convention facility. The only downside is the convention buildings are expansive. Lots of people and surrounding hotels and restaurants are busy. Overall a great experience.
This place was a maze. No clear directions and you get lost easily. You wouldn't make it to your session on time. I had a reasonable idea of where I should go by the 4th day.
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