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Charleston Area Convention Center

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Address: 5001 Coliseum Dr, North Charleston, SC 29418-7914
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+1 843-529-5011

The Charleston Area Convention Center Campus, centrally located within the...

The Charleston Area Convention Center Campus, centrally located within the Charleston metro region, opened August 12, 1999 with an exhibition hall of 76,960 square feet, divisible into three separate halls.The exhibit hall floor features floor boxes thirty feet on center with power, communication, microphones, and drains, with a conduit system that allows you to pull a line anywhere in the hall. Floor boxes at the columns have water and on the column is forced air.There is a thirty-foot clearance from the floor to the bottom of the roof joist. The ceiling features an exposed overhead structure for convenient rigging as well as metal halide and dimmable quartz lighting. Wall panels hide in wall pockets when not in use. Each hall, when divided, has pre-function access, concessions and restrooms. Loading docks are accessible to each hall with vehicle access three coiling doors. The halls have a public address system, fully equipped with overhead sprinklers for your safety, and are ADA compliant.For our International exhibitors, the Convention Center is a Foreign Trade Zone. Pre-function space connects to the Ballrooms, the Performing Art Center and Meetings Rooms. Indoor connectors attach the North Charleston Coliseum, Montague Terrace and the Embassy Suites Hotel. Performing Arts Center: The Performing Arts Center is an intimate and aesthetic venue that hosts many theater shows and concerts. With 2,300 cushioned seats and full production capabilities, this is a perfect space for large auditorium style meetings. The PAC features an in-house, state of the art, sound system and lighting system. There are two loading docks, a complete rigging grid and a 110’ x 40’ stage. Additionally, there are eight dressing rooms, complete support services and food and beverage services.Embassy Suites:The Embassy Suites Charleston Convention Center adjacent to the Convention Center, features 255 rooms, and lease and service the 25,000 square foot (combined) Ballrooms and 14 Meeting Rooms.Centerplate Catering: Our in-house food and beverage service provider, Centerplate Catering, is responsible for all concessions within the Convention Center, North Charleston Coliseum, Montague Terrace, and North Charleston Performing Arts Center.Exhibit Halls Catering: Within these areas, there are two entities that can satisfy your food service needs, Centerplate Catering and Embassy Suites, both located on Campus. For alcohol sales, Centerplate Catering holds the exclusive rights on this service.Ballroom and Meeting Room Space Catering: Within these areas, Embassy Suites holds the exclusive rights to all food and beverage services.

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Great conference center!

We just had a 3 day conference here and it was a perfect location. I didn't know exactly what to expect as I spend more time in Charleston than North Charleston. This center is... read more

Reviewed 1 October 2016
Columbia, SC
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Columbia, SC
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228 reviews
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Reviewed 1 October 2016

We just had a 3 day conference here and it was a perfect location. I didn't know exactly what to expect as I spend more time in Charleston than North Charleston. This center is close to the interstate, shopping and restaurants. Space is very nice for a conference.

Thank sciencerules03
West Chester, Ohio
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32 reviews
9 attraction reviews
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Reviewed 18 September 2016

We have attended the Low Country Jazz Festival here for the last 3 years. Spacious theater. Comfortable seating with plenty of room for people to get down rows of seats-don't have to stand to let people pass. Very nice!

Thank Bill L
North Charleston, South Carolina
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10 reviews
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Reviewed 23 August 2016 via mobile

This modern venue has great parking with local restaurants for before and after eating and libations. Seating is comfortable and all seats have perfect views and acoustics. We have been to several shows here and have never been disappointed.

Thank Nancy N
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4 reviews
Reviewed 16 August 2016

We were in town for the "White Coat" Ceremony for the MUSC Class of 2020 Medical Students. My Step-daughter was receiving her white coat. It was a very exciting event for our family.

Thank Carol W
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 August 2016

The size of this facility is a bit daunting. The air bridge from the attached hotel is at one end of the facility, and it is a pretty good hike around to the main entrance. We found only one small elevator between floors. The break out rooms are sizable, though spread between two floors. The facility is clean, spacious, and... More 

Thank Chris S
mt pleasant, sc
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54 reviews
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Reviewed 28 July 2016

I attended a coaching convention for all south carolina high school coaches. The convention center provided sizeable rooms and overhead projectors and sound and projection was never an issue. They had big maps to refer to so you could find where the rooms were, so it was easy to navigate. Parking was never an issue with huge parking lots on... More 

Thank William E
Tampa, Florida
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5 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 20 July 2016

I have been in many conventions centers and this one is one I would hesitate to visit again. The meeting rooms are spread out and separate from the convention center itself. In the week long seminar I attended the doors closest to the main meeting rooms were never unlocked and you could only get in if someone already inside opene... More 

Thank suecq2016
Lanham, Maryland
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23 reviews
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Reviewed 13 July 2016

Very organized and opened facility. Great signage for our event! Staff and maps readily available to assist.

Thank skydeeva
Kettering, Ohio
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10 reviews
3 attraction reviews
Reviewed 4 July 2016

Went there from Ohio for a dance competition with my wife.The arena was spacious and very comfortable.Plenty to eat without leaving.

Thank 7852014
Fort Mill
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36 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 July 2016

The convention center is clean and plenty of restrooms. The food is about the same as any sports or convention center--not that great, buy okay if you don't want to leave. The smoothies were good.

Thank Micky512

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