Tornado Damages Shreveport Convention Center

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Shreveport, LA – The Shreveport Convention Center is not expected to lose any events as a result of a late-October tornado that caused roof and window damage.

No one was injured in the storm and all systems were operational, according to General Manager Sam Voisin. “We do not foresee any reschedules or cancellations due to the storm damage,” Voisin told Trade Show Executive.

The National Weather Service said an EF2 tornado that blew through downtown Shreveport on the afternoon of October 29 caused “significant” damage to the convention center and also toppled several trees and the steeple of a nearby Methodist church.

Media reports in Shreveport said tree limbs and pieces of a billboard were found in the immediate area around the center.

Damage to the center itself included about 64 broken panes of glass and some damage to the roof flashing. No events were underway at the time and most of the staff had been sent home early. “A few people were still in-house,” Voisin said. “When we had warning that the tornado was pending and headed our way, we invoked the emergency shelter plan.”

The Shreveport Convention Center offers 95,000 square feet of prime exhibit space and 36,100 square feet of meeting space.

Reach Sam Voisin at (318) 841-4201 or svoisin@shreveportcenter.com