San Francisco’s Moscone Center, the city’s convention powerhouse, completed its $551 million expansion Thursday after four years of construction.
As reported by the San Francisco Chronicle, the South of Market convention center, which opened in 1981, now has 504,914 square feet of connected exhibit space in the Moscone North and South buildings. The overall space increased by 21 percent, putting it among the 15 largest in the country, city tourism officials said. The renovated buildings are now connected by both a pedestrian bridge and a vast underground exhibit hall.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle, there’s enough space in the new buildings for about 100,000 people, said Tom David, executive vice president and chief sales officer at San Francisco Travel Association, the city’s tourism bureau, who called the new center one of the most modern in the country. New green features include water recycling and energy-efficient lights.