San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center has undergone $40 million in renovations in the past two years, including the construction of the facility’s newest outdoor space, Plaza Acequia. The 20,000-square-foot space will accommodate up to 1,500 guests for receptions. The plaza is named after the acequia (irrigation system) that colonial Spain built on this site in the 1700s. The plaza is scheduled for completion this fall.
Earlier this year, the Lonesome Dove Room opened. The Texas-themed room can accommodate up to 500 people for receptions and events, and it opens onto the center’s River Walk Grotto. Also, the 2,400-seat Lila Cockrell Theatre reopened after a $26 million refurbishment. Designed for general assemblies, presentations, performing arts events, and concerts, the Lila Cockrell Theatre offers three levels of seating and the latest in technical support.
Other improvements to the center, which has 630,000 square feet of meeting space and 440,000 square feet of exhibition space, include new carpeting, exterior upgrades, interior digital event boards, and meeting room signage, as well as fresh paint on all interior walls.