The Anaheim Convention Center is a major convention center in
Anaheim, California. It is located across from the Disneyland Resort on
Katella Avenue. Much of the Anaheim Convention Center has been renovated
in recent years with state-of-the-art facilities. The basketball arena,
fronting Katella Avenue, was opened in July 1967, while the convention
hall behind it opened to business shortly afterward. Since then, the
convention hall has undergone three major expansions, and currently
encloses over 800,000 square feet (74,000 m2) of floor space.
According to frequent news reports, the largest exposition held at
the Convention Center in recent years has been the Winter NAMM Show.
This music-equipment convention (trade only, not open to the general
public) had 1,560 exhibitors and a record-breaking 88,100 attendees
during the 2008 show. The NAMM Show has been running at the Anaheim
Center since 1977, except for a 3-year break in 1998-2000 while the
Convention Center underwent major renovations. Recent news reports
indicate that NAMM's long-term lease with the Anaheim Convention Center
authority ends in 2010, and NAMM is applying pressure to the City of
Anaheim to further expand and improve the convention center.
The popular Anime Expo was held here in 1996 and from 2003 through
2006 and was one of the convention center's biggest public events of the
Blizzard Entertainment holds BlizzCon there. In 2005, they used the
northern two conference halls, (and the arena for a concert one
evening). In 2007 and 2008, it used three conference halls. In 2009, it
used four conference halls. While tickets to the 2007 event sold out in
3 days, tickets to the October 2008 event sold out "within minutes," and
tickets to the August 2009 event sold out in "56 seconds". Tickets to
the 2010 Blizzcon reportedly have sold out within 30 seconds. Another
large convention held at the Center is the Medical Design and
Manufacturing Show, held shortly after Winter NAMM.
The arena of the Convention Center has a capacity of 9,100 people. It
was home to the Anaheim Amigos American Basketball Association team. It
also served as the venue for wrestling for the 1984 Summer Olympics.
It hosted the Big West Conference's men's and women's basketball
tournaments from 2001 to 2010. It also hosts the 76 Classic tournament.
It was home to the Anaheim Arsenal of the NBA Development League. The
Arsenal will no longer play in the convention center after announcing
the team will be relocating to Springfield, Massachusetts for the
2009-10 season. During the 1992 Los Angeles Riots, the Los Angeles
Clippers were forced to move Game 4 of their NBA playoff series versus
the Utah Jazz to the Convention Center. Microsoft have announced that
their Professional Developers Conference will be renamed to BUILD and
will be held at Convention Center explaining developer story of its
upcoming Operating System Windows 8.
The third annual VidCon conference will be held at the Anaheim
Convention Center in 2012 according to principal organizer Hank Green.
The new venue will be able to offer a much larger capacity than the
previously used Hyatt Regency Century Plaza hotel in Los Angeles, with
attendance projected at 5,000