NOV 2016

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 6 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 42 A L A B A M A The Auburn and Opelika area has more than 2,400 guest rooms, including 236 rooms at The Hotel at Auburn University & Dixon Confer- ence Center, which offers 15 meeting rooms in 22,000 total square feet of event space. The facility can host up to 600 for meetings and 425 for banquets. Also on campus, the Auburn Arena has a 1,130-square-foot arena floor, ter- races, mezzanine, lounges, suites and meeting rooms suitable for a variety of events. Additional Auburn/Opelika Meeting Space • Clarion Inn & Suites - 100 guest rooms; 9,000-square-foot ballroom • Holiday Inn Express Auburn - meeting space for up to 120 • Holiday Inn Express Opelika - meeting space for up to 50 • Hilton Garden Inn - 1,400 square feet of event space • Bottling Plant Event Center - in down- town Opelika; three ballrooms, two meet- ing rooms, rooftop terrace, courtyard and pre-function area • Pebble Hill - antebellum house owned by Auburn's College of Liberal Arts; reception space in house with 1,132-square-foot pro- gram room for workshops and classes Montgomery Alabama's capital city offers downtown and riverfront venues, sports attractions and cul- tural events, and historic sites that can add background to any meeting or event. Downtown, the Renaissance Montgomery Hotel & Spa and adjacent Convention Cen- ter, provides 342 guest rooms and more than 73,000 square feet of event space including 18 breakout rooms and a 14,000-square-foot ballroom. Also downtown, Riverfront Stadium, home of the AA baseball Montgomery Bis- cuits, can accommodate off-season groups of up to 2,500. Riverwalk Amphitheater, which can host up to 6,500 people, hosts free, fami- ly-friendly events every second Saturday from April through September. The Montgomery Area Visitors Center, located in historic Union Station, offers reception space for up to 350. Marriott Montgomery Hotel & Confer- ence Center at Capitol Hill, located in nearby Prattville, is undergoing a total renovation of hotel and conference spaces, expected to be completed in March 2017, according to Sharon Crow, director of sales and marketing. The resort has 93 guest rooms and almost 34,000 Located on a beautiful stretch of white sand beach along the Gulf of Mexico, the Perdido Beach Resort has long been a prime spot for association and corporate meetings, as well as various other types of events, according to Cori Worcester, director of sales. The 27-acre beach resort offers 346 guest rooms, 40,000 square feet of function space and can accommodate up to 900 for meetings. In addition to the 8,500-square-foot Grand Ballroom, which can accommodate 450 gener- al-session participants, the resort has the 8,000-square-foot Grand Point exhibition hall for trade shows with the adjacent 1,350-square-foot Grand View breakout room, the Boardroom and conference rooms, including the Sand Castle (2,660 square feet) and Sand Dollar (1,000 square feet) rooms, which offer expansive views of the pool deck and beach. For outdoor functions, the resort offers the 6,500-square-foot Grandview Terrace and the 8,000-square-foot Beach Deck. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Perdido Beach Resort Contact: Perdido Beach Resort Ballroom

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