Houston’s Convention Center Breezes Through 20 Years

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Houston, TX – The George R. Brown Convention Center in Houston celebrated 20 years in operation by raising a series of commemorative banners on the street outside the downtown facility. The  40 red and blue banners are part of a year-long anniversary celebration that will include a series of promotions and events for clients.

The GRB opened on September 26, 1987 and was expanded in 2001 to its current size of 930,000 net square feet of prime exhibit space. It is the 11th largest convention center in the nation, according to Trade Show Executive’s 2006 directory of the World’s Top Convention Centers.

Passing oil executives and attendees at NAPE Expo and the Underground Construction Technology International Conference got a look at the 40 banners as they went up on the street poles around the facility known locally as simply “GRB.”  The center routinely has a packed schedule of events, and after Hurricane Katrina in 2005,  the building made room for some 7,000 unexpected guests who had been evacuated from the New Orleans area.

Reach General Manager Luther Villagomez at (713) 853-8036 or luther.villagomez@cityofhouston.net