Samantha Whitehorne is editorial director of Associations Now in Washington, DC.
North Carolina's third-largest city is filled with history and unique spaces
|Greensboro Fast Facts|
Recent and Future Association Meetings: North Carolina Middle School Association Annual Conference, 83rd Annual NC Statewide Safety Conference, 2013 North Carolina Technology Student Association State Conference
Hotel Rooms: 8,600
Convention Center Square Footage: 250,000
Distance From Airport to Downtown: 10 miles
What else?: Greensboro's downtown Woolworth's was the site of the first civil rights lunch counter sit-in. The International Civil Rights Center & Museum now occupies the space.
Venues on stage. Planners looking to entertain attendees with dinner and a show can rent out the 262-seat Barn Dinner Theatre, the oldest continually operating dinner theater in America. Also available is the 83-year-old Carolina Theatre, which can hold more than 1,000 people in its auditorium, or the 6,000-square-foot Triad Stage at the Pyrle Theatre.
All-in-one complex. The Greensboro Coliseum Complex has a bit of everything. It includes the 23,500-seat Greensboro Coliseum; 2,400-seat War Memorial Auditorium; 300-seat Odeon Theatre; 30,000-square-foot Pavilion; and 167,000-square-foot Special Events Center with three exhibition halls, a 4,500-seat mini-arena, and eight meeting rooms.
Hotels of all sizes. The Sheraton Greensboro Hotel at Four Seasons, connected to the Joseph S. Koury Convention Center, offers more than 1,000 guest rooms. If you're looking for something smaller and more intimate, there's the 131-room, locally owned O. Henry Hotel or the 25-room historic Biltmore Greensboro.
Samantha Whitehorne is deputy editor at Associations Now in Washington, DC. Email: [email protected]