Industry News: Unique Venues, Updated Airport & New Expo Center
Thursday, October 11, 2018 9:00 AM by Kelly Fitzpatrick
Syracuse is the perfect destination for a meeting or convention of any size. The newly opened Expo Center, along with the existing Oncenter Convention Center offer spaces for your large conferences or conventions while newly opened Citronelle, the Rail Line or existing Sky Armory cater to smaller groups. With renovations nearing completion at Syracuse's Hancock International Airport, and the addition of new routes, the area is now easier than ever to reach and enjoy.
Recently unveiled, the Expo Center at the New York State Fairgrounds, is the largest exposition center north of NYC, between Boston and Cleveland. The Expo Center offers 110,000 square feet of unobstructed floor space that can hold more than 500 10’x10’ tradeshow booths. Other features include 4,000 retractable seats, an electronic scoreboard, and both indoor and outdoor balconies. Pre-function, VIP, and meeting spaces are available, as are concession and catering facilities. Managed by HITS, Inc., the Center is already slated to host a drone exhibition as well as the HITS Indoor Championships equestrian even. Click here for more
The Syracuse Hancock International Airport is in the midst of a $63 million renovation that will add 14,500 square feet of new space to the airport in addition to a modernized atmosphere and an array of new amenities. The slated completion date is October 31. In addition to the renovations, the airport has added Frontier to their growing list of airlines as well as adding routes to their existing partnership with Allegiant, resulting in seven new nonstop destinations out of Syracuse.
The Oncenter Convention Center recently hired Matt Hollander as the newest General Manager of both the Oncenter and St. Joseph's Amphitheater at Lakeview this past June. Hollander worked most recently as General Manager of the Miami Beach Convention Center.
Citronelle is a new fine dining restaurant in downtown’s Armory Square, and it is also a space that is well equipped for meetings and events. The facility offers a variety of meeting and banquet rooms that can accommodate 30 to 180 guests and are equipped with an interconnected sound system and drop-down projection screens. Planners may book private rooms or rent out the entire facility.
The RedHouse Arts Center has re-opened in its new location at City Center. This 40,000 square foot complex offers two theaters and two rehearsal rooms with seating ranges from 65 to 350 guests. A concession stand and catering kitchen are also onsite, in addition to an attached parking garage. Try one of their professional development sessions for a great combination of education and team bonding.
The Rail Line is Syracuse's newest unique and modern event venue. Situated at the edge of Armory Square in Syracuse, NY, the Rail Line is a modern events, meetings and gathering space. The facility is a refined industrial complex built atop a classic Syracuse train trestle. Rail Line offers indoor seating; a full-service bar; a large, ground-level courtyard; a private, exterior courtyard outside the dining and bar area; and rooftop access with garden. Host your next breakout session here with space for 150 people inside or 250 people by utilizing both indoor and outdoor spaces.