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“Installing this new, fully redundant, high-density WiFi network positions the ACC as a national leader in wireless connectivity.” Plaza was packed with fans waiting to enter the convention center. During the convention, the main halls were filled with participants joining in in-depth discussions and panels with the company’s designers, game stations set up for fans to play the newest game releases and participate in tournaments, and booths set up for attendees to purchase game-related merchandise. The climax of BlizzCon for many was its gaming championships, held in the arena.

center’s arena, former home to the American Basketball Association’s Anaheim Amigos, is the Arena Plaza. With views of nearby Disneyland in the background, the plaza features a knoll with palm trees, a fountain area with benches and an additional 100,000 sq. ft. of outdoor space right outside the arena. Suitable for a wide spectrum of events, the arena can host entertainment functions held in tandem with a convention, or fill its 7,500-seat capacity for a keynote speaker addressing a large corporate group. With ceiling heights ranging from 45 ft. to 89 ft., the venue offers over 28,000 sq. ft. of floor space. The high ceilings allow for rigging, making the arena an option for tradeshows and exhibitions as well as sporting competitions. A prime example of the versatility of the campus took place this past November, when Blizzard Entertainment held its eighth annual BlizzCon. The videogame convention drew thousands to Anaheim, many dressed as characters from the company’s games. The event took full advantage of the unique venues within the campus. Prior to the commencement of the event, the Grand 38

Owned by the City of Anaheim, the convention center has made a point to stay ahead of the curve rather than simply stay competitive within the meetings and events industry. Atop free attendee WiFi, still not offered in so many facilities around the country, the convention center is undergoing yet another upgrade, slated for completion this year, to make the convention center the first on the West Coast with 10 gigabit Internet connectivity. “Installing this new, fully redundant, high-density WiFi network positions the ACC as a national leader in wireless connectivity,” says Tom Morton, Executive Director, City of Anaheim, Convention, Sports & Entertainment. “This will enable event planners, exhibitors and attendees to fully engage the largest of mega bandwidth needs.” Another advantage is conveniently located accommodations. While many metropolitan areas struggle to transport attendees to convention centers and debates continue about public funding of convention center hotels, Anaheim has no such issues. Within walking distance of the Convention Center are more than 4,000 rooms. Three of the major hotels have recently undergone $53 million in renovations, namely the 490-room Sheraton Park Hotel (28,000 sq. ft. of function space) and the two adjacent to the Grand Plaza — the 1,572-room Hilton Anaheim (100,000 sq. ft. of function space) and the 1,030-room Anaheim Marriott (82,000 sq. ft. of function space). Facilities & Destinations 2014–2015 Winter

2014-2015 Facilities & Destinations Winter/Planner Guide  

For Association and Corporate Meeting Planners. PRIme Site Meeting (PRISM) Hotel Awards. Destination Spotlights: Anaheim, Curacao & Dubai. P...

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