The Miami Beach Convention Center

LOCATION

Located in the heart of world-renowned Miami Beach, the MBCC is conveniently situated just minutes from the Miami International Airport (12 miles) via State Road 112 and US 195, Downtown Miami (10 miles) and the Port of Miami (12 miles) via I-395, Fort Lauderdale (30 miles) and the Palm Beaches (60 miles) via Interstate 95, the Florida Turnpike and the Julia Tuttle Causeway (US 195).

Address

The Miami Beach Convention Center

1901 Convention Center Drive

Miami Beach, Florida 33139

Venue

The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) sits on a slice of paradise, centrally located in one of the most sought-after meeting destinations in the world. In a city filled with spectacular beaches, world-class hotels, fine dining, exciting nightlife, diverse shopping experiences and historic architecture, The Miami Beach Convention Center plays host to a wide variety of conventions, trade shows, consumer shows, meetings and banquets.

 

MBCC invites you to explore the City Center District and the campus surrounding the MBCC,  and be sure to enjoy everything it has to offer: 9-acres of green spaces at Pride Park, Collins Canal Park and Miami Beach Botanical Garden, recreation at the Miami Beach Golf Club,  dramatic art installations by the City’s Arts in Public Places (AIPP) program, great restaurants and shopping on world-famous Lincoln Road, inspiring culture from art at the Bass Museum to music from New World Symphony … and of course, don’t forget to enjoy our beautiful beaches!

History

The Miami Beach Convention Center (MBCC) opened in 1957. In 1964, Muhammed Ali won his first heavyweight championship in Hall C, defeating Sonny Liston. In 1968, the Miami Beach Convention Center hosted its first Republican National Convention (RNC). The first Miami International Auto Show took place in 1971. In addition, the MBCC hosted both the Republican National Convention and the Democratic National Convention (DNC) in 1972. It was the last time both party conventions took place in the same city, in the same year.

 

The MBCC underwent a $15.7 million expansion in 1974, followed by a $92 million expansion in 1989, doubling in size. The first Art Basel Miami Beach was hosted at the MBCC in 2002. 2015 marked the groundbreaking on the latest MBCC renovation, a $620 million investment, which was completed in 2018. In 2018, the MBCC hosted its first citywide destination event (AHIMA in September) and first consumer event (the 48th Annual Miami International Auto Show in October) following the renovation. The re-imagined MBCC now includes a 60,000 square-foot (18,288 square-meter) ballroom, 127,000 square feet (38,709 square meters) of meeting space and outdoor gathering areas. The complex is designed to achieve a LEED Silver rating from the U.S. Green Building Council, as it will employ the latest sustainability techniques that Fentress Architects has helped pioneer over the past 20 years. The exterior facade was extensively studied with solar analysis technologies to determine how to best minimize or maximize available daylight. The new design has been strongly influenced by characteristics of the ocean, and waves, manta rays and coral reefs were studied as part of the creative process.

 

Since its opening in 1957, the Miami Beach Convention Center has offered meetings and exhibition space in the heart of sunny Miami Beach.