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Learn What Makes Our Event Venue Near You So Unique | Overland Park Convention Center

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Looking for a great event venue near you? The Overland Park Convention Center is an award-winning event venue serving the Kansas City metropolitan region. With certifications, accreditations, inclusivity, and other important qualifications, we are a premier event venue in Overland Park. Learn about what sets us apart below.

Winner of Best Small Convention Center in North America

We are proud winners of Best Small Convention Center in North America by EXHIBITOR Magazine in 2021. This industry publication bestows this award to those who meet and exceed criteria, surveys of past clients, managers, and event hosts. This is the third year Overland Park Convention Center has won in EXHIBITOR’s special awards category since the award’s inception three years ago.

award logo and team photos collage for Best Convention Center in North America

In addition to this specific award, Overland Park Convention Center consistently ranks among North America’s Top 30 Convention Center’s on EXHIBITOR’s annual list. 

Other recent awards include:

  • 2022 Top 30 Centers of Excellence in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine
  • 2021 Best Customer Service & On-Site Support in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine
  • 2021 Top 30 Centers of Excellence in North America, EXHIBITOR Magazine
  • 2021 – 2002 Best Meeting & Conference Facility, Ingram’s Magazine
  • 2021 – 2018 Prime Site Award, Facilities & Destinations Magazine
  • 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
  • 2018 Event & Venue of the Year, MPI Kansas City

Sensory Inclusive Certified

Overland Park Convention Center holding a sensory inclusion bag at our event venue near you

The Overland Park Convention Center always strives to improve our accommodations and accessibility for our guests as a premier event venue near you. We’re proud to be the first convention center in the world to open a KultureCity-approved sensory room for neurodiverse attendees.

As of August 2021, we are Sensory Inclusive Certified through KultureCity, a non-profit on a mission to help create more comfortable, welcoming spaces for those with sensory needs. Our staff went through the certification process, where they learned how to recognize those with sensory needs and how to handle a sensory overload scenario. 

child visiting sensory room at event venue near you in Overland Park

We took our certification one step further by creating our very own sensory room at the convention center. This room is a place for those who feel overwhelmed and need a more secure environment. Designed by medical professionals, the space has reduced lighting and noise, along with comfortable seating, visual light panels, bubble walls, activity panels, and a custom tactile art piece created by an artist with autism. 

In combination with the sensory room, OPCC now has multiple resources throughout our buildings to foster a sensory-inclusive environment. This includes sensory bags available to guests with tools like fidget items and noise-canceling headphones, signage for guests, and access to KultureCity’s mobile app with even more online tools and resources. 

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GBAC Star Facility Accredited 

Along with our Sensory Inclusive certification, we have also achieved the Global Biorisk Advisory Council® (GBAC) Facility accreditation. This program follows the guidance of GBAC’s scientific advisory board and outlines specific protocols for cleaning, disinfection, and infectious disease prevention. We ensure communication of our health and safety protocols to guests and staff before they arrive and are on-site. 

Our team follows and implements best practices within all of our facilities. Other steps we take to ensure cleanliness and safety include:

  • GBAC Accredited Cleaning/Sanitation & Training
  • Physical Distancing
  • Enhanced Protective Measures
  • Temperature Health/Screening
  • Limited Contact Enhancements
  • Eliminated Shared Use Food & Beverage Items
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Serving a Wide Range of Events

Our space and our staff have the capacity to host a wide breadth of events for many types of interests, hobbies, industries, and communities.

Some of the most popular types of events we can host at our event venue near you include:

  • Special Interest Shows
  • Conferences
  • Tournaments
  • Galas
  • Expos 
  • Banquets
  • Meetings
  • Seminars
  • Festivals
  • Summits
  • Symposiums
  • Luncheons
  • Job/Career Fairs
  • Weddings

Our spaces are flexible for your needs. With updated ballrooms offering 25,000 square feet and 30-foot ceilings, over 60,000 square feet of exhibit hall space, courtyard rooms, a nearly 25,000 square foot outdoor courtyard, and more, we have a space that will fit your needs.

Top-Notch Security

One of the most important aspects of a well-organized event is adequate, experienced security. We were selected as one of two pilot venues to review and assess best practices and safety guidelines by the Industry Security Council. This was in partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. We work extremely hard to protect our guests and staff at the convention center.

Located in the Heart of Overland Park

Topgolf near the Overland Park Convention Center

Another key component of an exceptional event is an easily accessible location. The Overland Park Convention Center is in the heart of Overland Park, one of the largest suburbs of the Kansas City metropolitan community. We are just 30 minutes from the KCI Airport and are right off of the I-435 highway, making us an ideal destination for both Kansas City natives and out-of-towners alike. 

We also are lucky to be less than 1 mile away from Park Place, a plaza with many restaurants and retail stores, and we are also near Barkley Square. This is a communal outdoor space with year-round activities for the whole family. Other nearby attractions include Topgolf and iFly indoor skydiving. 

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Book your event at one of the best event venues near you: Overland Park Convention Center! 

OPCC is an award-winning event venue with the capacity and years of experience to host many types of successful, fun, and inclusive events. We consistently develop our team and our resources to better serve guests and continue being a positive member of our Overland Park community. 

Serving Overland Park and the greater Kansas City metropolitan area, the Overland Park Convention Center is a premier event venue in the Midwest. 

Are you an event planner, exhibitor, attendee, or planning a wedding? Check out our FAQ page to learn more about our services and most commonly asked questions. You can also contact us via our website or call us at (913) 439-5382. 

We are happy to answer any of your questions about our services, resources, and everything we do at Overland Park Convention Center. Use our Event Estimate tool to find out more about pricing for your next event. Simply tell us some basic information about your event to get your estimate.

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