SEP 2014

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ S E P T E M B E R 2 0 1 4 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 42 S H R E V E P O R T The 350,000-square-foot, SMG- managed Shreveport Convention Center, the second largest in Louisiana, is only seven years old and boasts ample pre-function space, loading docks with drive-in access, and other features that can accommodate every- thing from local weddings to major expos. The convention center adjoins the 313-room Hilton Shreveport with a business center, wireless Internet access, audio/visual services, a lounge, two restaurants, an outdoor heated pool and fitness facility. CenturyLink Center, a multipurpose arena built in 2000 to house a minor league hockey team, seats 14,000 but can be utilized by groups as small as 300. It includes everything from concession stands to luxury suites to locker rooms. The Bossier Civic Center offers 24,000 square feet of unobstructed space in its conven- tion hall and an additional 7,500 square feet in its banquet hall that can be divided into three breakout rooms. There are also a few meeting rooms that hold about 40 people apiece. Renovated in spring 2014, the Municipal Auditorium is an Art Deco landmark with event space and a museum devoted to the Louisiana Hayride, a live radio show where a young Elvis got his start back in the 1950s. ■ Meet BIG Elvis got his radio break here! Mud Bug MADNESS In itʼs 31st year, The Mud Bug Madness Festival is a four-day event held each Memorial Day weekend in downtown Shreveport. The festival features renowned Cajun, Zydeco, Blues and Jazz artists, mouth- watering Cajun cuisine, and fun for all ages. Mudbug Mad- ness is nationally recognized as one of the Southeast Tourism Soci- etyʼs Top 20 Events, draw- ing as many as 56,000 people in one day. ■

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