OPCC BEST CONVENTION CENTER IN NORTH AMERICA

Best Convention Centers in North America

The Overland Park Convention Center is pleased to be selected as one of the best convention centers in North America by EXHIBITOR Magazine, a leading industry publication honoring the best in meeting and event venues. This is the second consecutive year Overland Park has been selected as a Center of Excellence.

Last year, Overland Park was also named the Best Small Convention Center in North America by EXHIBITOR.

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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.

Travis Stanton, editor of EXHIBITOR Magazine


 

Award Criteria

 

  • Facility & Functionality

 

  • Location & Accommodations

 

  • Service & Execution

 

  • Upgrades & Expansions

 

  • Awards & Industry Participation

 

WHY WE WIN AWARDS

Here are just a few of the reasons why we are considered one of the best convention centers in North America.

GBAC STAR

GBAC Star Facility | Overland Park Convention Center

COMMITMENT TO PROTECT.

The Overland Park Convention Center achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) STAR™ Facility accreditation, the industry’s only outbreak prevention, response and recovery accreditation for facilities.

Under the guidance of GBAC’s scientific advisory board, the most stringent protocols for cleaning, disinfection and infectious disease prevention are implemented within the facility. Following a risk assessment, the program establishes mitigation strategies through the use of scientifically approved protocols, equipment, chemicals and training, which are continually measured, audited and improved, to ensure a facility’s readiness for biorisk situations. The program verifies that Overland Park Convention Center implements best practices to prepare for, respond to and recover from outbreaks and pandemics.

EVENT SAFETY

Select your event type below and let us guide you with our updated safety protocols. As a GBAC STAR accredited facility, we know how to plan an event under the strictest standards.

OUR TEAM

Certified staff at the Overland Park Convention Center

The most experienced & accomplished employees make up our staff.

  • 6 Certified Meeting Professionals
  • 8 Specialty Rigging Accredited team members
  • 1 Certified Technology Specialist
  • 1 Certified Venue Executive
  • 1 Connect Association 40 Under 40 recipient

Security

 

 

The Overland Park Convention Center was selected as one of two pilot venues to review and assess the best practices and safety guidelines developed by the Industry Security Council in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security, created to protect the millions of people who work, exhibit at, and attend meetings, conventions, and trade shows each day.

 

 

 

FOOD & BEVERAGE

An award-winning chef with over 25 years of culinary experience & accomplishments from around the world.

  • Worked alongside Chef, Wolfgang Puck
  • Defeated Celebrity Chef, Bobby Flay on Food Network Series, Beat Bobby Flay
  • Cooked at the White House for former President, Bill Clinton
  • Chef at Ohio Governor’s Mansion
  • Named Billings Gazette 40 Under 40 while head chef at Northern Hotel in Billings, Montana

 

Wi-Fi Performance

An industry leader in Wi-Fi performance & connectivity.

The Overland Park Convention Center has also become an industry leader in Wi-Fi performance and connectivity, all at no cost to exhibitors and guests. With one of the fastest Wi-Fi systems in the industry, backed by a 10GB infrastructure and redundant fiber internet services, exhibitors and attendees are only limited by the capacity of your devices.

PLUS

Overland Park Convention Center boasts a combined total of 60,000 square feet of exhibit hall space. It recently underwent a renovation, which updated the curtaining, lighting, and paint, enabling the space to be transformed into an exquisite setting for trade shows, celebratory gatherings, or black-tie affairs. Connected to the Exhibition Hall via an air wall, the ballrooms offer 25,000 square feet (and 30- foot ceilings) for occasions of all types and sizes.

Meanwhile, the convention center’s nearly 25,000-square-foot Outdoor Courtyard, which is surrounded by greenery and modern architecture, is the perfect place for any evening or daytime gathering.

The Overland Park Convention Center has over 1,000 guest rooms available at surrounding hotels within walking distance from our location, including an attached Sheraton Hotel for convenience. Parking is always free at the convention center, with approximately 1,000 spaces around the complex.

Located in the heart of the country, Overland Park is within a day’s drive of more than 60 million people. Getting around the Kansas City Metro is easily done by car. The Overland Park Convention Center is located right off of I-435 and is located just 30 minutes south of the KCI Airport.

Located less than a mile from the convention center, Park Place offers restaurants, retail stores, and Barkley Square, a community green space featuring year-round activities. In the summer, guests can enjoy lively concerts and street fairs, whereas winter finds the space transformed into an outdoor ice skating rink. Topgolf, an entertainment and golf destination, and iFly, an indoor skydiving facility, are also less than a mile from the venue.

Other recent awards include:

2020 Best Small Convention Center in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine

2020 Top 20 Centers of Excellence in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine

2019 Best Convention Centers in North America, Business View Magazine

2002 – 2020 Best Meeting & Conference Facility, Ingram’s Magazine

2018 – 2020 Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations Magazine

2018 Event & Venue of the Year, MPI Kansas City

Convention Center

The Overland Park Convention Center is
an all-encompassing event resource
for our clients, partners & community.

Our team creates experiences through personalized customer service and innovative ideas in all areas of our facility.
Everything you need to design a memorable event can be found under one roof.

 

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