ConventionSouth

NOV 2018

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N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 45 Other hotels with larger meeting and event space include the Hyatt Regency Birmingham that connects to the Riverchase Galleria and offers 329 guest rooms and more than 32,000 square feet of function space. (See breakout spotlight on page 46 for more information); the recently renovated Birmingham Marriott, with 294 guest rooms and 12,905 square feet of event space with 15 meeting rooms; the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort & Spa, with 248 guest rooms, and 21,000 square feet of function space, along with award-winning golf and spa; and the Hyatt Place Birming- ham/Hoover, with 126 guest rooms and 1,200 square feet of meeting space. The city's Southside has a number of dis- tinctive off-site venues, according to the CVB. WorkPlay combines facilities for small busi- nesses with performance and event space for up to 500 attendees. Three historic buildings turned event venues are Iron City, a multi-level music venue recently renovated to accommo- date up to 250 people for seated dinners, 450 for receptions and 1,300 for standing-room functions; Haven, with 20,000 square feet of function space suitable for groups of up to 1,000 people; and B&A Warehouse, with event rooms that seat between 50 and 350 people and a total event capacity of up to 1,525 guests. The CVB highlights two other unique off-site locations: The first, Sloss Furnaces Na- tional Historic Landmark, has several outdoor reception and dinner areas, and the Casting Shed that can seat up to 900 people. Two rooms in the new Visitor Center can seat 80 or 400 people, respectively. The second, McWane Science Center, has multiple venues, including a 4,000-square-foot banquet room that can seat up to 400 and a 280-seat IMAX Theatre. Birmingham's growing love affair with fine dining continues, according to Alabama Tour- ism. Highlands Bar & Grill in Birmingham won the 2018 James Beard Foundation Award as the most outstanding restaurant in America. A pioneer in the farm-to-table movement, the restaurant opened in 1982 in the historic Five Points South District. Huntsville A new Margaritaville Hotel and the arrival of Minor League baseball are just two new attractions coming soon to the Huntsville area, said Kristen Pepper, marketing manager for Huntsville/Madison County CVB: "The number one thing we want planners to know about Huntsville is that in our city, their event will not be a small fish in a big pond. Our team extends utmost attention to detail and enthusi- asm for each and every event that comes to the Rocket City." A new 100-room Curio by Hilton, expected to open downtown in early 2020, will bring the total number of guest rooms within walking distance of the city's Von Braun Center to 800, according to the CVB. Also new is a 159-room AC Hotel at CityCentre at Big Spring (direct- ly across from the Von Braun Center) and a Drury Inn & Suites at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, with a ballroom that can seat up to 96 people for dinners. A new 1,200-seat music hall, with rooftop bar and restaurants, is set to open in 2019 at the Von Braun Center, part of a $12 million expansion that will add 113,000 square feet to the 483,000-square-foot property, with a new ballroom, meeting rooms and additional pre-function space. The planned 150-room Margaritaville Hotel, complete with waterpark, sand volleyball and lazy river, will be built adjacent to the $46 million multi-use 4,700-seat stadium in Madison that will be home to the Class AA Southern League Rocket City Trash Pandas. ► A L A B A M A City Map Location Gulf Shores/Orange Beach H ..................B8 Auburn/Opelika H ................................... D5 Birmingham H ......................................... C3 Huntsville ................................................. C1 Mobile .......................................................B7 Montgomery............................................. C5 Tuscaloosa ...............................................B3 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 A B C D E H H H

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