• Minneapolis Convention Center Introduces New Plaza

     
    POSTED October 20, 2021
     
  • Minneapolis Convention Center Introduces New Plaza

     
    POSTED October 20, 2021
     
  • Minneapolis Convention Center Introduces New Plaza

     
    POSTED October 20, 2021
     

Sustainability and a broad range of uses are at the heart of the newly redesigned Minneapolis Convention Center Plazalocated on the south side of downtown. A ribbon-cutting ceremony was held on Sept. 30 to celebrate the 2.5-acre plaza that is built atop an underground parking ramp and includes a lawn area for events, updated lighting, and new walkways and seating options. 

Designed by Damon Farber Landscape Architects with environmental friendliness in mind, MCC Plaza also features irrigation utilizing the Convention Center’s stormwater capture system and an urban meadow planted with native tree and plant species to create downtown’s largest pollinator refuge. 

Minneapolis Convention Center is owned by the City of Minneapolis and marketed through Meet Minneapolis. The 1.6 million square foot facility features 475,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 3,400 fixed-seat auditorium, 87 meeting rooms and two ballrooms. The facility has achieved key certifications for being environmentally friendly such as being LEED Certified for Existing Buildings: Operations & Maintenance (EBOM) by the U.S. Green Building Council and having Level One certification for the ASTM Standard pertaining to the Evaluation and Selection of Venues for Environmentally Sustainable Meetings, Events, Trade Shows and Conferences. 

The 2022 Explore Minnesota Tourism Conference, held on March 1 at the Sheraton Minneapolis West Hotel, featured both in-person and virtual learning for representatives of tourism organizations, attractions, lodging properties and other entities. The gathering kicked off with remarks by Gov. Tim Walz and Explore Minnesota Director Lauren Bennett McGinty. 

 

D’Amico Catering has returned to Walker Art Center as the exclusive culinary and planning service for all private events taking place at the museum. The Minneapolis-based catering company managed the Walker Art Center’s special events and food service from 2011-2016. 

 

The first time I tried axe throwing was at Brush Creek Ranch in Wyoming at a memorable outdoor dinner along the river. It was a fun way to get to know other guests at the ranch, with no one being much of an expert at hurling an axe but most being willing to give it a try. However, there is no need to go to a ranch or Wyoming to try this fun team-building activity when FlannelJax’s and Bad Axe Throwing both provide options in Minnesota and beyond.