The Meadowlands 2040 Foundation today revealed an impact study showcasing plans to build a prospective 460,000-square-foot multi-use convention center at the Meadowlands Sports Complex. The facility would be used to host major conventions, youth and amateur sporting events, festivals, banquets and more.
Jim Kirkos, president and CEO for the Meadowlands Chamber and Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau, believes that the destination and tourism sector remains a key to the region, and can have a significant impact on the Meadowlands economic recovery and growth in the coming years.
The study presented today backs this notion.
“A multi-use convention center will complement existing assets and ensure our long-term sustainability and allow us to continue attracting the world’s largest events,” Kirkos said. “The Meadowlands Sports Complex has been the No. 1 multi-sport venue in the country before and is still the only location that has the infrastructure, transportation and hospitality elements for a venue like this.”
The facility is expected to provide 60,000 square feet of banquet space, 100,000 square feet of meeting space, and 300,000 square feet of flexible exhibition space, which could be used for conventions and sporting events.
Kirkos added that such a convention center would be a nice supplement for the area’s existing attractions, including MetLife Stadium, American Dream and the Meadowlands racetrack.
Today’s pitch is the most recent update to the Meadowlands 2040 Foundation’s Vision Plan that outlines how enhancing the region’s existing travel and destination assets with a convention center can secure long-term economic sustainability for the Meadowlands region and the rest of the state.
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