JUN 2013

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ALABAMA ARKANSAS FLORIDA GEORGIA KENTUCKY LOUISIANA MISSISSIPPI NORTH CAROLINA OKLAHOMA SOUTH CAROLINA TENNESSEE TEXAS VIRGINIA WEST VIRGINIA Greate r Birmin INSIDER'S gham CVB G U I D E By Steve Morley Birmingham, Alabama Birminghamʼs christening as "Bass capital of the world" in an ESPN online poll only tells part of the story: the cityʼs desirability as a fishing Birmingham Jefferson Convention Complex is a 6-block campus of meeting & even t facilities & part of the city's uptown entertainmen t district. destination says plenty about its supremely laid-back Southern vibe, but Birminghamʼs latest urban-area additions also offer plentiful bait for netting convention-city seekers. The newly expanded BirminghamJefferson Convention Complex anchors the cityʼs uptown area, itself undergoing developments that are transforming it into an exciting entertainment and dining district. The BJCC, a six-block group of facilities that includes a 19,000-seat arena, a 2,800-seat concert hall and more than 300,000 square feet of convention and meeting space, has long been a central location for events, but recent upgrades have brought the addition of luxury accommodations, improved parking and many other features. ■ w w w. c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m J U N E 2 0 1 3 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ 37

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