Century II Convention Center -- Wichita KS
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz
N 37° 41.152 W 097° 20.427
14S E 646328 N 4172258
Quick Description: A convention center completed in 1969 in downtown Wichita. The city says it has "dramatic architectural style," but Blasterz think it tends more to the oppressive-concrete and awful-looking style.
Location: Kansas, United States
Date Posted: 5/3/2013 8:30:15 AM
Waymark Code: WMH0Q4
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1
Views: 4

Long Description:
From the convention center's website: (visit link)

"Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center is a unique municipal facility due to its dramatic architectural style, its importance to the downtown area, and the economic impact it has on the community. The ensuing mission of Century II is to provide an economic benefit to Wichita through its use as a performing arts and convention center.

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Century II Performing Arts & Convention Center is a full service performing arts and convention center, providing citizens and visitors with a diverse selection of entertainment and meeting opportunities. The ensuing mission of Century II is to provide an economic benefit to Wichita through its use as a performing arts and convention center.

The facility is owned and managed by the City of Wichita and is unique among other municipal facilities. This uniqueness is due to its dramatic architectural style, the nature of the business, the vast number of services provided, the diversity of clients, its importance to the downtown area, and the economic impact it has on the community. Century II strives to provide the highest quality of customer service that includes a clean and safe venue for private and public gatherings, emcompassing the performing arts, conventions, trade shows, banquets, meetings, public exhibits, religious programs and special events.

Carl A. Bell, Jr. Convention Hall

Full seating in Carl A. Bell, Jr. Convention Hall


Carl A. Bell, Jr.

Carl A. Bell, Jr. Convention Hall provides seating for 5,022 people for general sessions and stage productions. The permanent stage is 41' deep with a proscenium that is 60' wide x 29' high. The hall has an infrared assisted listening system.

Convention Hall offers the flexibility of retractable loge seating, which then provides 32,000 square feet of open floor space for exhibits and banquet functions. Convention Hall provides enough space for 120 8' x 10' booths and banquet seating for 1,100 people. The hall opens to the adjacent Exhibition Hall for a total of 97,500 square feet of exhibit space.

On October 16, 2001, Convention Hall was dedicated as the Carl A. Bell, Jr. Convention Hall, to recognize Carl A. Bell, Jr., former City Commissioner (1961-62, 1963-65) and Wichita Mayor (1962-63), for his dedicated service and outstanding lifetime commitment to the City of Wichita."

Blazterz still think it is plug ugly.
Size (optional): 97,500 sf

Ownership: Government owned

Address (optional):
225 W. Douglas
Wichita, KS


Convention Center website: [Web Link]

Annual Events (optional): Not listed

Visit Instructions:
Tell about your experience at this facility. Did you go for a convention? Photos are welcome but not required. Please no virtual visits.
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