Convention center district expansion begins

LAS VEGAS - On Tuesday, the Consumer Electronics Show begins. It's one the largest conventions in Las Vegas, and it will soon have the potential to grow even larger.

The Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority kicked off of phase two of the project to expand the Las Vegas Convention Center District.  

The project will include transforming the former site of the Rivera into millions of square feet of exhibition space. 

“This was always a number one priority for me to expand the convention center. It's absolutely vital with regard to the entertainment industry and bringing those trade shows to the state,” said Governor Brian Sandoval. 

According to LVCVA, the convention center supported nearly 12,000 jobs, paid almost $500 million in wages, and generated close to $3 billion in the local economy in 2016. 

Sandoval said the new additions to the convention center district will add more than 10,000 construction jobs. The expansion is also expected to create at least 8,000 permanent jobs. 

Sandoval added the project is something the state has looked forward to for years.

“It's been a long time. I had the first conversation almost seven years ago and to have a day like this is great,” Sandoval said.  

The $860 million expansion project will add 1.4 million square feet to the current facility and add hundreds of thousands of new exhibit space.

Phase two is expected to be completed in 2021, just in time for CES giving the already humongous convention even more potential for growth.
 


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