What changed at the MCC after the 2002 expansion?
As our reputation grew in the industry, the demand to host an event at the Minneapolis Convention Center (MCC) increased, and by the mid-1990s, we were already outgrowing ourselves. In 1994 alone, only four years after opening, the MCC had turned away 84 major events due to lack of space. After serious discussions of expansion, which included over 30 different possible scenarios, it was decided the MCC would add 760,000 square feet on the east side of the building. This design would fit our needs with minimal effect on the surrounding neighborhood and provide a favorable streetscape and realignment design, resulting in the lowest public improvement costs. Paying for itself in only two years, this expansion would create 5,000 jobs for the Minneapolis hospitality industry. Additionally, it would increase annual spending by an estimated $229 million to hotels, restaurants, retail, transportation and other related businesses, and $14 million in sales tax.