inding The Right Space
Locating an event venue large enough to hold your faith-based gathering can be an obstacle for large organizations. Take the Church
of God, for example, which has an international assembly that brings together 28,000 participants, or the National Baptist Convention that typically draws in 20,000 delegates. Whether your event draws in several hundred or several thousand, space matters. So
we asked meeting suppliers from across the South to share with us their insider tips for you when selecting the right site.
1. Where The Locals Congregate.
Ask the CVB if the destination has
churches, synagogues or temples that are
available for visiting groups.
2. Parking, Parking, Parking.
Make sure the venue has enough adjacent
parking to meet the particular demands of
your group. Ask the CVB or venue these
questions: Is there enough parking and
especially spaces for busses? How much
is the parking? Is there safe and handicap
accessibility from the parking area to the
3. Finding The Right Room
Specs & Floorplan.
Different faith organizations practice different customs during their events. Make
sure you have a clear understanding from
the organization on what type of activities
their delegates will be doing. For exam-
ple, will you need extra space between
seating aisles to accommodate worship?
Will delegates need to kneel and if so,
does the venue have carpeting? Will the
lighting need to be lowered during the
4. Ouch! Stadium Seating.
Stadiums can pack in the masses but their
seating may not be comfortable enough
for an all-day event. ■
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