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 48 the $20 million hotel is expected to open in 2018 with underground parking, a spa, restau- rant and covered outdoor lounge. Tuscaloosa's largest event hotel is the Hotel Capstone, located on the University of Alabama campus, with 150 guest rooms and 12,000 square feet of event space for up to 400 guests, including a ballroom, breakout rooms and pool terrace. The hotel is next to the Bryant Conference Center, which offers 30,000 square feet of meeting space in tiered conference rooms, boardrooms and classrooms, ample pre-function space and a 1,000-seat auditorium that also can host up to 512 for dinners. Other hotels with event space in Tuscaloosa include an Embassy Suites, with 154 suites and 7,000 square feet of event space for events of up to 700 people; the 91-room Hotel Indigo, with 850 square feet of meeting or event space A L A B A M A Part of the Birmingham-Jefferson Con- vention Complex (BJCC), the Sheraton Birmingham and The Westin Birmingham offer more than 1,050 guest rooms com- bined. Connected to the BJCC by covered skywalk, the 757-room Sheraton Birming- ham provides state-of-the-art conference facilities, all with Wi-Fi access. The hotel's 25,000-square-foot Birmingham Ballroom is the largest in the state and can accommo- date up to 2,900 guests for a reception or in theater-style seating. The Sheraton recently started a major renovation as part of Marriott International's revitalization of the hotel brand. Tad Snider, chief executive officer of the Birmingham-Jefferson Civic Center Au- thority, which owns the hotel, said the entire hotel, including guest rooms, public spaces and meeting spaces, will receive a makeover. The Westin Birmingham offers planners 287 guest rooms and 14,286 square feet of event space with 13 meeting rooms plus roof- top pool and the celebrity chef-owned Todd English P.U.B., one of downtown Birming- ham's popular restaurant destinations. Additionally, the BJCC breaks ground this fall on its 20-year, $300 million master plan that includes the construction of a $174 million, 55,000-seat stadium; renovations to the existing Legacy Arena; and an outside piazza renovation. The stadium will feature additional meeting and exhibition space. Directly across from the hotels, the stadium is expected to open in 2021 and upgrades to Legacy Arena are expected to be finished by 2022. n B R E A K O U T S P O T L I G H T : Sheraton Birmingham & Westin Birmingham Contact:; Iconic Muscle Shoals recording studio reopened in 2017.

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