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PA Convention Center Welcomes Back Customers and Events with New Health-Focused Capital Improvements and Safety Protocols


Published: Jun 2, 2021

PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Convention Center is prepared to fully welcome back conventions, meetings, trade shows, and other events to its facility following the announcement by Mayor James Kenney that the City of Philadelphia will lift all indoor and outdoor capacity limits and other Safer at Home restrictions, with the exception of mask requirements, on Friday, June 11.

“With an eye toward the eventual emergence from the pandemic, the Pennsylvania Convention Center (PCC) has utilized the last 14 months work to lay the groundwork and prepare for the safe re-opening of our facility to customers and event attendees,” said Gregory J. Fox, Chairman of the Pennsylvania Convention Center Authority.  “The PCC and our facility manager ASM Global have implemented a range of enhanced sanitization and safety protocols and innovative capital improvements focused on the health and welfare of our customers and guests.  The convention center serves as a major economic driver for hotels, restaurants, and the overall hospitality industry, so we wanted to take steps that would enable our customers to recognize our commitment to health and safety.”

“Infrastructure improvements at our building such as augmented air handling systems with upgraded filtration, UV handrail sterilization on all escalators, touchless restroom renovations and others enable us to meet or exceed current health and safety standards,” said John McNichol, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Convention Center.  “In addition, our team worked closely with health and safety experts to establish new best practices that enabled our facility to earn the Global Bio-risk Advisory Council (GBAC) STAR Accreditation, which demonstrates that the Center has in place the correct work practices, procedures, and systems needed to prepare, respond, and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.”

“From an operations perspective, we developed a comprehensive facility re-opening plan, based on the principles and protocols of the ASM Global VenueShield program,” said Kelvin Moore, Regional General Manager for ASM Global.  “These safety protocols, combined with the infrastructure enhancements, enabled us to host a number of important civic events including mail-in ballot counting operations for the 2020 General Election, a major grand jury seating in conjunction with the First Judicial District, and COVID testing and vaccination efforts.” 

The groundwork laid by the PCC and ASM Global, working in partnership with the Philadelphia Convention & Visitors Bureau (PHLCVB), enabled the facility to successfully host 21,650 attendees as part of the East Coast Volleyball’s 2021 Northeast Volleyball Qualifier (NEQ) tournament last month.  Held over three separate weekends (March 27 – 29; April 2—4; April 9 –11), the event made Philadelphia the first major Northeast city (Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Boston) to host a citywide event at a convention center in over a year. The NEQ also brought some much-needed business to the hospitality industry, generating 11,000 hotel room nights at 27 hotels, an overall economic impact of $14.3 million, and $1.3 million in state and local tax revenue.

About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Now managed by ASM Global, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. For more information, visit www.paconvention.com.

About ASM Global

ASM Global is the world’s leading venue management and services company. The company was formed by the combination of AEG Facilities and SMG, global leaders in venue and event strategy and management. The company’s elite venue network spans five continents, with a portfolio of more than 300 of the world’s most prestigious arenas, stadiums, convention and exhibition centers, and performing arts venues. From Aberdeen to Anchorage, and Sydney to Stockholm, its venues connect people through the unique power of live experiences. For more information, please visit www.asmglobal.com.

 

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