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Expansion Plans


"The ideas and goals of this initiative demonstrate to the world that we have unlimited confidence in our city and what it can do, not only as a convention destination but as the center of the most important trends in hospitality, science, health and education. This is a great idea coming at the absolutely right time."


Mayor Thomas M. Menino

City of Boston

BCEC Expansion Plans

Already the top US destination for international meetings and conventions, Boston is focused on meeting the needs of its customers with an expansion plan that would offer increased features and functionality.


Expansion plans would double the size of the current facility adding:

  • 335,000 to 400,000 square feet of exhibit space
  • 105,000 to 125,000 square feet of meeting space
  • Additional ballroom - 70,000 to 75,000 square feet
  • A headquarters hotel with a minimum of 1,000 rooms, as well as 75,000 to 100,000 square feet of meeting/function space


Customer benefits of the BCEC expansion:

  • Increased exhibit and meeting space will allow for larger and/or concurrent events, with increased date availability allowing customers to have their preferred dates. 
  • The number of hotel rooms within a half-mile radius of the BCEC would increase by nearly 40%.


Latest Developments

  • The MCCA completed the purchase of 5.6 acres of land near the BCEC and construction of two mid-priced hotels (Aloft & Element hotels) started at the end of 2013. The hotels are scheduled to open in 2015. See renderings >>
  • The MCCA and the Massachusetts Port Authority have agreed to work cooperatively to build a second 1,200 to 1,500 rooms headquarters hotel for the BCEC.
  • The MCCA filed legislation in the State House of Representatives that would authorize the expansion of the BCEC without the need for new fees or taxes.


See more information about Boston's plan to expand convention resources and increase meetings revenue >>


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