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2023 Best Convention Centers in North America: Overland Park Convention Center

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Overland Park Convention Center among ‘North America’s Top Convention Centers’ for fourth consecutive year

Overland Park Convention Center is on ‘North America’s Top Convention Centers’ list released by EXHIBITOR Magazine, an industry leading publication that evaluates facility functionality, execution of service, accreditations and innovations, among other data, to determine nationwide rankings

Overland Park, Kan.—Overland Park Convention Center is one of North America’s Top 30 Convention Centers for trade shows and events according to EXHIBITOR Magazine, a leading industry publication honoring the best in event venues. This is the convention centers fourth consecutive year on the list.

Small, medium and large convention centers throughout North America were considered and evaluated using an objective algorithm and rigorous grading scale. The recognition considers criteria categorized into five primary areas:

  • Facility & Functionality
  • Location & Accommodations
  • Service & Execution
  • Expansions & Upgrades
  • Awards & Industry Participation

The evaluation process also included a survey of event planners, show organizers and exhibit managers who have recently hosted (or exhibited at) events within each facility, as well as a review of entrants’ event spaces, accreditations and innovations, conducted by a panel of corporate exhibition managers. The highest-scoring venues were named among EXHIBITOR Magazine’s Centers of Excellence.

“These facilities have proven their ability to host trade shows and events of all shapes and sizes while providing world-class service and state-of-the-art accommodations,” said Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR Magazine, noting that everything from the number of nearby hotel rooms to the cost and quality of Wi-Fi access can have a significant impact on exhibiting companies’ experience at events.

In EXHIBITOR’S special awards category, the convention center was awarded ‘Best Customer Service & On-Site Support in North America’ in 2020 and ‘Best Small Convention Center in North America’ in 2019 and 2021—Overland Park Convention Center is once again a finalist for this award in 2022. Winners will be announced later this year.

“Our team, this industry and events— are recovering at an unbelievable pace and it feels amazing,” said Brett C. Mitchell, general manager of Overland Park Convention Center. “We have so many things to be proud of this year, like the creation of our sensory room space for neurodivergent attendees and the expansion of our sustainability program with a complete venue roof replacement. It’s recognitions like this award that drive us to never stop innovating, creating and being the absolute best we can be.”

For more information about the Overland Park Convention Center, please visit or call (913) 339-3000. To learn more about EXHIBITOR Magazine, visit

North America’s Best Convention Centers: Overland Park Convention Center


About Overland Park Convention Center

The award-winning Overland Park Convention Center opened in November of 2002 on a 26-acre site in the heart of Overland Park, the largest suburban city in the Kansas City metropolitan and the second largest city in Kansas.  Adorned with over sixty original works of are and equipped with state-of-the-art communications systems, the 245,000 square floor complex features a 60,000 sq. ft. exhibit hall that connects to the 25,000 sq. ft. Edwin C. Eilert Ballroom and 15,000 sq. ft. of meeting room space. Natural light radiates throughout the unusually spacious (44,000 sq. ft.) pre-function and registration areas. Among the convention centers many awards, the most recent include: 2023 – 2020 North America’s Top Convention Centers, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2022 Best Small Convention Center in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2021 Best Customer Service and On-Site Support in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2020 Best Small Convention Center in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine; 2019 Best Convention Centers in North America, Business View Magazine; 2021 – 2002 Best Meeting & Conference Facility, Ingram’s Magazine; 2021 – 2018 Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations Magazine


About Exhibitor Media Group
The leader in trade show and corporate event marketing education, Exhibitor Media Group publishes the award-winning EXHIBITOR magazine, a monthly publication featuring best practices in trade show marketing. EXHIBITOR’s learning events include: EXHIBITORLIVE, Best Practices in Trade Shows and Events; EXHIBITORFastTrak accelerated learning conferences; and EXHIBITOR eTrak, professional online learning. Exhibitor Media Group is also the founder and sponsor of CTSM (Certified Trade Show Marketer), the industry’s only university-affiliated professional certification program. Learn more at EXHIBITOR is a registered trademark, and EXHIBITORLIVE, EXHIBITORFastTrak, and EXHIBITOR eTrak, are trademarks of Exhibitor Publications, Inc. in the USA and other countries. All company and/or product names may be trade names, trademarks and/or registered trademarks of the respective owners with which they are associated.