Kalahari Resort in Sandusky, OH announced the opening of its newly expanded convention center, marking the completion of a $22 million, ten-month renovation. The 120,000 sq. ft. addition more than doubles the size of the previous convention center, bringing the total square footage to 215,000 and making the Kalahari Resort – Sandusky the only under-one-roof complex in the Midwest to offer a convention center and hotel of such scope.
As the second largest employer in the area, the expansion will add more than 140 full-time jobs to Kalahari’s 1,200-member employee base. It is also expected to generate additional taxable revenue within the resort equal to the amount of approximately $150 million over the first 20 years.
The Sioux Falls Convention and Visitors Bureau announced that a new Event Center will be built in Sioux Falls, SD for completion by Fall of 2014. On Tuesday, November 8, 2011 the city of Sioux Falls passed a public vote that supports the new $115 million multi-purpose arena.
The Event Center will be built adjacent to the current Convention Center and Arena adding 30,000 square feet of flat floor space for a combined total of 132,000 square feet within the entire complex. Seating for the facility will be 12,000 for basketball, 10,450 for hockey, up to 13,000 for a concert, 5,750 for rodeo, and 180 standard booths for a tradeshow.