JUL 2017

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J U L Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 47 Small Markets ...BIG ON MEETINGS! Sponsored Content or the past 15 years, Ford Park Entertainment Complex has held the title as the "largest and most versatile facility" in Southeast Texas. Nestled comfortably between Houston and Lake Charles, Louisiana, the 5-venue complex which covers over 221 acres of land is quite hard to miss when you're traveling along Interstate 10. Exhibitors and promoters that have utilized Ford Park's amenities, more specifically, the indoor spaces, have raved over the ease and simplicity of planning their events, and with the new management company, Spectra, taking over the facility operations as of April 3rd, guests can continue to expect the highest level of hospitality. Upon entering the facility, guests are greeted by an 11,000-square-foot lobby. Ceiling-to-floor length windows give the area an open feel and provide the perfect space for event registration and socializing. Vendors and sponsors make great use of the lobby by utilizing the eight meeting rooms and business center that are all easily accessible on the first and second floor of the venue. The lobby opens up to Ford Park's Exhibit Hall, one of the most versatile spaces of the complex. Stretching over 48,000 square feet, the hall has become known to hold such gatherings as conventions, exhibits, and even company banquets and parties. Six stainless steel rollup doors line the rear of the hall and allow for easy event load in and out. The convention space is also equipped with electrical and water amenities. Still looking for more space? Connected to the exhibit hall is the 32,000-square-foot arena. Holding over 8,500 seats, the arena has seen its fair share of entertainment, including performances by Elton John, Cher and Carrie Underwood, just to name a few. It is also the home of the largest women's wellness event, known as the Christus LiveWell Women's Conference, which uses the venue to hold general sessions as well as the luncheon portion of the event. ■ F Ford Park…Come Experience The Difference See Ad On Page 68 Jessica Johnson, Sales & Marketing Manager (409) 951-5404 Charlie Gibbs, Convention Sales (409) 782-0322 Ford Park Entertainment Complex

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