PA Convention Center to Celebrate 25 Years

May 8, 2018



PHILADELPHIA – The Pennsylvania Convention Center will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a signature event on Thursday, May 10 in its Broad Street Atrium. Mayor Jim Kenney and Michael Chapaloney, the Executive Director of Tourism for the Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development, will speak about the impact the Center has had on the city and state over the past quarter century.


The Center, which opened in May 1993, generated $643 million regional economic impact in 2017.  This kickoff event, with invited members of the hospitality community, marks the opening of the Center in May 1993. The PECO Crown Lights will also commemorate the Center’s 25th Anniversary, May 8-10.


Philly-style food and refreshments will be available with birthday cake to celebrate the occasion. An extra special surprise for attendees will be a 10-ton sand sculpture designed to look like a birthday cake for the Convention Center. Wizard World Comic Con will provide comic characters for photo ops. The event coincides with National Travel & Tourism Week 2018 and other programs held by travel and tourism partners in this region. PCC will also host a free community festival on June 30 with Wawa Welcome America as it did 25 years ago. The public is invited to that event. 


WHAT                      25th Anniversary Celebration at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

                                VISUALS: 10-ton sand sculpture birthday cake, PA/PHL hospitality leaders photo opp


WHO                       John McNichol, PA Convention Center President and CEO

                                Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney

                                Michael Chapaloney, PA DCED Executive Director of Tourism

                                Meryl Levitz, President and CEO of Visit Philadelphia

                                Scott Nassar, President of the Greater Philadelphia Hotel Association

                                PA Convention Center board members

                                City- and State-wide tourism and hospitality leaders


WHEN                     Thursday, May 10

                                4 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

                                4:15 p.m. speaking program begins

                                4:45 p.m. industry photo opp

                                4:50 anniversary cake cutting


WHERE                   PA Convention Center – Broad Street Atrium

                                Enter between Arch and Race Streets



About the Pennsylvania Convention Center

The Pennsylvania Convention Center is located in Center City Philadelphia at the heart of the city's many cultural offerings and world-class dining and entertainment scene. Now managed by SMG, the Center is the 14th largest facility in the nation and features the largest exhibit space and ballroom in the Northeastern U.S. For more information, visit



Deirdre Childress Hopkin                                                                                                   Pete Peterson

215-418-4754                                                                                                                     215-893-4297                                                                        

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