Boston’s Bayside Expo Site Sold to University

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Boston, MA – The Bayside Exposition Center was sold to the University of Massachusetts Boston and will be razed to make way for an expansion of the campus.

The 20-acre site was purchased for an unspecified sum from Florida real estate firm LNR/CMAT. It will be used for three new buildings, including the Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate. Construction could begin in early 2010.

Bayside Expo was the premier trade show venue in Boston prior to the opening of the Boston Convention & Exhibition Center in 2004. It is currently home to various consumer shows, including the Boston RV & Camping Expo to take place January 15-18, 2010. The 1980s-era facility has 260,000 square feet of prime exhibit space and ranks No. 12 in Trade Show Executive’s Annual Ranking of Mid-Sized Convention Centers and No. 52 in TSE’s directory of the World’s Top Convention Centers. The managers of the venue, Ballantine Management Group, LLC, did not immediately comment on the effect the sale would have on its 2010 show calendar.

Reach Laurie Cassell, director of convention services, Ballantine Management Group, LLC, at (540) 548-5555, x105 or lcassel@bmg1.com