Renovation design unveiled for Louisville convention center

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) – Events are already being booked for the renovated Kentucky International Convention Center even before construction work begins.

Gov. Steve Beshear led state and local officials Tuesday in unveiling designs for the $180 million renovation project set to begin in August 2016.

The sprawling convention center spanning a couple of downtown city blocks will close for two years during the work.

The redesigned convention center is expected to greatly strengthen Louisville’s pitch in luring conventions and conferences.

Beshear says 21 events have already been booked in the renovated facility from August 2018 through July 2023. Many are new events for Louisville or conventions that are returning only because of the new extra space at the convention center.

State lawmakers approved $56 million in state-backed bonding for the project.


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