NOV 2018

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⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ N O V E M B E R 2 0 1 8 w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 46 The hotel and baseball stadium are expected to open in spring 2020. "The arrival of the team will offer still another entertainment option for visitors, and the event space at the stadium can provide a unique experience for meetings," said Mark McCarter, who joined the CVB as vice president of conventions in July. "Team owner Ralph Nelson has spoken publicly of the opportunities (and of the obligation to taxpay- ers) to assure the stadium is a destination for much more than baseball games." Additional event venues in Huntsville in- clude the recently opened Grand Hall at Hunts- ville Botanical Gardens that can host up to 350 guests; Jackson Center, a stand-alone confer- ence center with meeting space for up to 850 people; the Huntsville Museum of Art, which can host up to 200 for dinners; and Campus No. 805, a craft brewing, dining and entertain- A L A B A M A Located in the fast-growing suburb of Hoover and connected to Birmingham's popular Riverchase Galleria Mall, the Hyatt Regency Birmingham (formerly The Wynfrey Hotel) offers planners 329 guest rooms, six luxury suites and true Southern hospitality, along with a state-of-the-art StayFit Gym, fine dining and more, said Paul Dangel, CMP, director of sales and marketing for the property. "We are a great choice for events as we are attached to the largest indoor mall in the state of Alabama," he said. "We are surrounded by 43 restaurants within three miles, plus a new Dave & Buster's that opens this fall at Riverchase Galleria, giving event attendees even more great options for dining and enter- tainment." The hotel has more than 32,000 square feet of event space with 22 meeting rooms. "The hotel is a great fit for any type of group with a majority of the meeting space on one floor," Dangel said. In January 2019, the hotel becomes the site of a permanent facility for the Mercedes-Benz Immersion Experience. "The training brings in three attendees from every dealership in the United States for three-day training programs that include classroom learning at the hotel, time in the car and time at the Mercedes-Benz factory," Dangel said, noting that there will be more than 60 programs annually for the next three years. The hotel is converting the former Shula's Restaurant into the permanent classroom. The program has so far brought nearly 9,000 of the automaker's network of employees from around the U.S. to Alabama to learn more about the brand, according to state officials. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Hyatt Regency Birmingham: The Wynfrey Hotel Contact: Lobby Downtown Huntsville

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