About Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center
The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center (originally the Dallas Memorial Auditorium and formerly Dallas Convention Center) is a convention center in the Convention Center District of downtown Dallas, Texas. The original Dallas Memorial Auditorium was designed by George Dahl in 1957. It holds approximately 10,000 seats. Dahl was responsible for the renowned Art Deco buildings at the Dallas Fair Park, as well as many other Texas landmarks. The Convention Center additions were designed by Larry Oltmanns, who was a Design Partner with Skidmore, Owings and Merrill at the time. The center is over 2,000,000 square feet in size and contains over 1,000,000 square feet of exhibit space. The largest contiguous exhibit-space in the structure is 726,726 square feet. A 203,000-square-foot column-free exhibit hall in the center is the largest of its kind in the United States. It is annually used for the Dallas Auto Show. The east side of the structure contains the original element of the Dallas Memorial Auditorium, a 9,816-seat arena. The complex also houses a 1,740-person theater, 105 meeting rooms, and 2 gigantic ballrooms. In terms of accessibility, the world's largest heliport/vertiport sits atop the structure and 75 truck berths line its docks. In May 2009, voters approved construction of the Omni Dallas Convention Center Hotel, a 1,000 room hotel that is attached to the Convention Center. It opened in late 2011, under budget and ahead of schedule. The venue was one home of the Dallas Chaparrals/Texas Chaparrals of the American Basketball Association, who played in Dallas from the 1967-68 season through the 1972-73 season. The team moved to San Antonio in 1973 and became the San Antonio Spurs. On August 22, 1973, The Jackson 5 held a concert in the auditorium. While on a 5-city tour in the final week of 1976, Elvis Presley performed at the Dallas Convention Center on December 28. The concert was recorded and later released on the Follow That Dream collectors label with the title of Showtime! On April 1, 1977, Led Zeppelin opened what would become their last ever American tour together in the Dallas Memorial Auditorium, their sixth time performing at the venue. In October 1978, Queen played at the Convention Center during their US tour, and the music video for "Fat Bottomed Girls" was filmed at the center. Prince had two concerts at the venue: once in 1981 and again in 2000. Together with Reunion Arena, the center was an emergency shelter for thousands of Hurricane Katrina refugees in September 2005. From March 31 to April 3, 2016, WWE hosted the professional wrestling convention WWE Axxess at the center. On Friday, April 1, WWE held a special event, NXT TakeOver: Dallas, a highly anticipated wrestling event, in the auditorium. The events were all part of WrestleMania week in the Dallasâ€“Fort Worth metroplex area. Other performers who held concerts here include: James Brown, The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, Jimi Hendrix, The Doors, Grateful Dead, Black Sabbath, Bruce Springsteen, David Bowie, Billy Joel, and Elvis Costello.