Tucson Convention Center Update
Construction work is almost completed on many components of the Tucson Convention Center (TCC) expansion/improvement project. Last year, a $65 million master plan for the convention center was approved that includes interior renovations, a 25,000 square-foot meeting room addition adjacent to the existing Exhibit Hall, two parking garages, renovations to the Tucson Music Hall and Leo Rich Theater, a landscape and accessibility update for the entire site, and restoration of the center’s landscape, plazas and fountains. Meeting rooms and restrooms have all been updated, a new parking garage is nearly completed, and the outdoor areas are being restored to a historic state. The main ballroom had its ceiling and chandeliers replaced, and new wall partitions and tile floors were installed. The first phase of the upgrades is scheduled to be finished by January 2021. Technology upgrades will support virtual or hybrid gatherings. The tech upgrades will be around the north meeting rooms, the arena, ballroom and south exhibition halls. The second phase, which includes renovating the Music Hall, ground lighting and the addition of another parking garage near the Music Hall, is expected to be wrapped up by the end of 2021. The project coincides with the opening of two downtown hotels, one on the TCC site and the other across the street.