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Expansion Plans


"The passing of the BCEC Expansion bill allows Boston to continue to attract hundreds of thousands of visitors each year, while generating even more economic return for the Commonwealth. More major meetings and conventions in Boston allows Massachusetts to shine on a global scale and creates opportunities for business growth not just at the convention center, but statewide.


Governor Deval Patrick


BCEC Expansion

Already the top US destination for international meetings and conventions, Boston is focused on meeting the needs of its customers with an expansion plan that will offer increased features and functionality.


Expansion plans would double the size of the current facility adding:

  • 335,000 square feet of exhibit space (new total of 850,000 square feet)
  • 100,000 square feet of meeting space (new total of 260,000 square feet in 121 meeting rooms)
  • Additional column-free ballroom of 75,000 square feet (existing ballroom of 40,000 square feet)
  • A second headquarters hotel with a minimum of 1,200-1,500 rooms, as well as approximately 100,000 square feet of meeting/function space (two hotels totalling 510 rooms are currently under construction)


Customer benefits of the BCEC expansion:

  • Increased exhibit and meeting space will allow for larger events needing larger exhibit facilities on the east coast and will increase date availability allowing customers who have previously been denied their preferred dates to now host their event in Boston. 
  • The number of hotel rooms within a half-mile radius of the BCEC would increase by over 120%.


Latest Developments

  • Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick signed legislation enabling the expansion of the BCEC with no increase in any existing fees or taxes.
  • The MCCA completed the purchase of 5.6 acres of land near the BCEC and construction of two mid-priced hotels (Aloft & Element hotels) started at the end of 2013. The hotels are scheduled to open in 2015. See renderings >>
  • The MCCA and the Massachusetts Port Authority have agreed to work cooperatively to build a second 1,200 to 1,500 rooms headquarters hotel for the BCEC.
  • The MCCA has recently acquired additional land to facilitate the construction of two parking facilities to support events at the BCEC.

See a diagram of the expanded convention center >>


See more information about Boston's plan to expand convention resources and increase meetings revenue on the T5 Boston website >>


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