Inside look: renovations underway for Memphis Convention Center

Inside look: renovations underway for Memphis Convention Center

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - It’s been nearly 4 months since Memphis leaders celebrated the start of construction here.

Tuesday, convention leaders gave a first look inside the more than $135 million construction project.

The project will take unused space like the underground garage and turn it into a junior ballroom, and remove entire floors to create vaulted ceilings.

Level one will provide a large lobby and concourse that creates ample natural light that opens to Main Street.

A new flex concourse will provide amazing views of the Mississippi River.

Convention leaders say news of the renovations are already paying off.

"So we have some opportunities on the books some opportunities on the books that we're going to share with all the folks We have some exctiting news in the fall of 2020 and 2021 that's the real opportunities that we're working on," Dean Dennis said.

Dennis also says the biggest sell for the renovations are dozens of new meeting rooms, and something that has nothing to do with renovation here.

"The fact that these 2,000 hotel rooms are marketed almost as much as we're getting 46 new break-out rooms is equally as important," he said.

Lack of hotel space has been a sticking point for years for planners picking a location for a convention.

Planners hope everything is coming together to turn this decades old building into a destination worth coming back to.

Total renovations should be complete by fall 2020, but phase 1 of the project should be done by September.

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