1901 Convention Center Dr, Miami Beach, FL 33139 Phone: (786) 276-2600
The Miami Beach Convention Center, proudly managed by Spectra , has been the heart of Miami Beach since opening in 1957. For more than fifty years, it has been the home of countless historic and important events. In 1989, the facility underwent a $92 million renovation and doubled in size, creating the four hall center that is present today. From 2016-2018, the Miami Beach Convention Center will again undergo a major renovation and will remain in business throughout the process.
The Miami Beach Convention Center served as the site where Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) defeated Sonny Liston for his first Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1964. In 1968, the MBCC hosted the Republican National Convention and more than 20,000 delegates and in 1972 it hosted more than 45,000 delegates at both the Republican and Democratic National Convention Centers.
Major annual tradeshows include the Jewelers International Showcase and Cruise Shipping Miami . The Miami Beach Convention Center hosts some of the nation's premier public events such as the South Florida International Auto Show and Art Basel Miami Beach. At the center of excitement, culture, and history, Miami Beach is world class destination for both business and pleasure.
Whether you are planning a Convention, Trade Show, Consumer Show, Banquet, Conference, or elegant wedding, the Miami Beach Convention Center has the facility, staff, services, and equipment to make your event a complete success. Spanning four city blocks of sunny South Beach, the Center is within easy walking distance of the Art Deco District and America's most spectacular beaches. The Miami Beach Convention Center encompasses more than 1,000,000 square feet, with more than 500,000 square feet of contiguous and divisible exhibit space. Surrounding the four exhibit halls are 70 meeting rooms with a total of 125,910 square feet of flexible space and two grand ballrooms with a total of 33,780 square feet of space. We are able to tailor and transform each area specifically for your one-of-a-kind event.
The Miami Beach Convention Center provides cooling in the exhibit halls during show hours. The MBCC charges a fee per hall, per day, for cooling during non-show days. Air conditioning will not be available in the exhibit halls or lobby areas at any time while the loading dock doors or lobby doors are open.Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA)
The Miami Beach Convention Center strives to meet the needs of all its' guests at all events and is fully ADA compliant. All areas of the MBCC are accessible. Elevators are located on each level and a limited number of wheelchairs are available at the first aid station at no charge. If you have attendees with special needs, please let your Event Manager know, as soon as possible, so that all necessary accommodations can be made in advance.Animals
Animals are not permitted on the premises of the Miami Beach Convention Center, except in conjunction with an approved exhibit, or as service animals for the physically challenged.Audio/Visual Services
The Miami Beach Convention Center can provide a full range of audio/visual services, sound reinforcement, slide and video projection, video production, computers, computer/projection interfacing, etc., through the house A/V contractor.Business Center
The MBCC provides a Business Service Center for use by exhibitors and attendees featuring photocopy, fax, self typing work stations, and fully trained clerical staff. Please consult with your EM for package shipping or other supplies or services you may need.
The Business Center is located in room C127 in Lobby C
Business Center Telephone (786) 276-2696
Business Center Fax (786) 276-2658
Hours of Operation: 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.*
*based on building event activity and should be coordinated with your EMCleaning
Client is responsible for event cleaning inside the exhibit halls & ballrooms to include but not limited to loading dock apron, dock bays, exhibit halls, ballrooms used for exhibits, registration areas, service desk area, and all tape/residue removal.Coat/Luggage Checking
Centerplate is the exclusive provider for all coat, luggage, and package checking. Coats are rarely needed in our beautiful tropical climate, however, Centerplate can tailor a coat check area to suit your group's particular need. Please advise your EM of your requirements.Crate Storage/Booth Storage
All combustible materials including, but not limited to, cartons, crates, containers, packing material, etc., which are necessary for repacking shall be removed from the show floor. Vacant areas on the exhibit floor, which do not have access to the general public may be approved for crate limited storage provided they meet special requirements.Damages
All damages that occur during the event, except for normal wear and tear is the responsibility of the Lessee. In an effort to preserve the facility as a valuable asset to the city of Miami Beach, all known damage should be reported upon discovery. Whenever possible, the client will be apprised of the damage during the event, and a written estimate, complete with a report and photographs will be provided.Drones
The use of drones in the Miami Beach Convention Center is prohibited.Electrical and Plumbing
The Facility does not provide electrical services for events. You must have an approved electrical provider from our approved contractors list. (NOTE: Please confirm approved contractors with your EM prior to your selection.)Event Manager
An Event Manager will be assigned to your event once your license agreement has been executed and is your principal contact with our Facility from the initial planning process through the successful culmination of your event.
The Event Manager is responsible for coordinating the activities of your various service contractors with our building personnel and partners to ensure proper staffing and building regulations are met.First Aid/Paramedic
The MBCC requires that life safety be considered in the planning stages of all events. As a requirement from the fire department as part of their Special Events Guide, events will now require either a BLS or ALS emergency team unit when an event reaches 1000 or more attendees.Food and Beverage
Centerplate is the exclusive on-site contractor for all catering and concession services. Review your requirements with your EM who will set-up a planning meeting with a Centerplate Representative.Freight
The MBCC cannot accept shipments of freight or materials ( including over-night mail or C.O.D. services ), prior to the contracted move-in date. All freight must be delivered to the MBCC by the official service contractor or freight carrier. All shipments to be delivered to the MBCC during the move-in should be sent to the attention of the show organizer or general service contractor.Gratuities
Thank you for your thoughtfulness, however, it is against Spectra policy for any employee to accept gratuities or gifts of significant value from a Lessee. Monetary donations can be accepted towards our “How You Doin” Fund which helps to finance employee holiday & summer picnic events for all staff.Hazardous Materials Disposal
Chemicals, solvents, and/or solutions considered hazardous are not allowed to be disposed of through the sewer lines or drains of the Miami Beach Convention Center. Any materials that are brought into the facility must be accompanied by applicable Material Safety Data Sheets. All items must be handled and disposed of in accordance with the latest Environmental Protection Agency regulations at the time of your event.Helium Balloons
The MBCC has a Balloon / Blimp Policy that prohibits the use of helium filled balloons and/or blimps, either for displays, exhibits, or general public access areas.Insurance
As additional consideration over and above the rental payments made by Lessee herein, Lessee shall, at its own expense, comply with all of the insurance requirements of the MBCC. Lessee shall not occupy the premises until proof of the insurance coverage has been furnished to the City and the MBCC.Keys (Room Security)
The MBCC has the capability to change door locks for the majority of the meeting rooms. The cost per lock is $60.00 and $1.50 per cut key. Lost keys will be charged at fifty ($50) dollars each.
It is important to note that no doors may be locked, chained, or otherwise obstructed without prior written approval of MBCC management. Your EM can provide further information that will allow you to properly secure all items in the MBCC.Lighting
Work lights (50% power) are provided in the exhibit halls for the move-in and move-out at no additional charge. Full show lighting for these periods is available at the prevailing rates on an hourly per hall basis.
Full show lighting (100% power) is provided two hours prior to, through the published event closing at no additional charge.Loading Dock
Lessees will be required to supply a detailed agenda covering all move-in and move-out activities, including anticipated freight deliveries, general service contractor materials, and exhibitor access times. The Center may mandate changes in said agenda to maintain the smooth operation of your event and any other events operating concurrently in the Facility.
Loading Docks: When you require the use of the loading docks, MBCC Security must be employed to enforce parking rules and to control truck traffic. The MBCC does not forego any rights relative to the safe operation of its docks. The overall control of the docks remains at all times with building management.Lost and Found
All lost and found articles are logged and placed in our Security office. We attempt to identify the owner and return all articles. To inquire about lost items contact the Security Manager at 305-673-7347.Marshalling for Trucks
The MBCC does not have truck marshalling facilities outside of the north and south loading docks. However, the City of Miami Beach Parking Department controls the P-Lot Parking Area located on Convention Center Drive and this can be used for Truck Marshalling on non-event days. This lot can be leased for a fee, only to the General Contractor for Truck Marshalling.Marquee
Your event name and dates will be displayed on the electronic message boards located on the outside canopy in front of each Exhibit Hall at the Miami Beach Convention Center and the electronic marquee at Washington Avenue & 17 th Street.Novelties and Program Sales Policy
The sale of programs and novelties at the MBCC Facility for commercial/public activities is subject to control by the MBCC.Parking
Parking for all vehicles is available at the parking garage locations on 17th Street and 18 th Street, one block from this Facility. Valet parking will be available. Location of valet will be determined with the assistance of your Event Manager. Please review the history of previous attendance with your EM so we can better anticipate your parking needs.Plumbing
Compressed water and drain hook ups for exhibit booths are provided by the official show Electrical Contractor.Public Area and Lobbies
Lobbies, concourses, and the food facilities are considered public areas and not under Lessee control. All activities using public areas , such as registration, special exhibits or displays, temporary advertising, etc., must be noted on the Floor Plan submitted sixty (60) days in advance to be approved by the MBCC and the Fire Marshal . Please note that clear access must be maintained for concurrent events, as well as to all restaurants, cafeterias, lounges, permanent food service facilities, restrooms, telephones, elevators for disability access, and all exit or entrance doors.Rigging
All rigging at the MBCC is subject to approval by MBCC management and must meet industry standards. A written request for any hanging or attaching (including but not limited to drawings, weights, attachment points, chain motors, etc.) must be submitted to the EM at least 30 days before load in.Sales Department
Your initial contact with the MBCC should be directed to our Sales Department. A Representative will review your proposed event requirements including projected dates, space needs, and rate structures. Potential date and space availability in the MBCC's booking schedule will be discussed as appropriate.
Ileana Garcia, Director of Sales and Marketing
786-276-2607Sales Tax/Tax Exemption
Florida State Sales and Use Tax is applied to the building rental and certain other additional services related to the Lessee's occupancy at the time of the final settlement. The tax is currently 7%*.
The MBCC will presume each Lessee to be taxable, unless the Lessee provides us with a copy of a "Consumer's Certificate of Exemption" current for the period of the lease, issued by the State of Florida Department of Revenue with a "C" after the last digit. Organizations which are generally exempt from this tax include churches and not-for-profit religious, as well as education, scientific, and charitable organizations. Other special exemptions which may apply are described in Chapter 212, of the Florida Statutes "Sales and Use Tax".Security
A detailed security schedule and post plan should be forwarded to your EM thirty (30) days in advance of your event. A meeting between your Event Manager, the MBCC Security Manager, and the security subcontractor is always recommended to ensure the safety of attendees and property. The MBCC determines that security as planned is inadequate, increased coverage may be required at the expense of the Lessee. The Security sub-contractor will be required to submit the Security Contractor Operation Plan to the Event Manager prior to the event.Shuttles
Shuttle busing is commonly used for many events from hotels or off-site areas to the MBCC. Convention Center Drive, in front of C/D Lobbies, features an extra lane for shuttle bus pick-up and drop off. All drop off areas provide curb cuts for accessibility. If attendees require assistance or disability accommodations, please contact your shuttle provider.Signage and Decorations
We encourage Lessees and general service contractors to contact the MBCC as early as possible to determine feasibility, labor responsibility, and costs associated with the placement of signs and hanging of any banners. The Center prohibits affixing any signage on the Facility's glass, walls, doors, ceilings, or superstructure, inside or outside. No holes may be drilled or punched into any building surface. Your EM can assist in locating appropriate placement of all signage.
Sponsorship signage may be placed in the lobbies and other public areas at a cost of $500.00 per sponsor. Sponsorship signage within the leased exhibit hall or meeting space will not be charged.Smoking
Smoking is prohibited in the facility. Ash/trash units are supplied under the bus canopies at all entrances for those who wish to smoke.Telecommunications
SmartCity is the exclusive on-site contractor for your internet, telephone, and telecommunication needs. They can provide a full range of telecommunication services to you and your exhibitors.Traffic Control
Miami Beach off duty police officers are required to assist you with bus and auto traffic control at the MBCC. A minimum of two (2) officers are required for groups with shuttle requirements and/or a high volume of registrants, exhibitors, or patrons who drive to the event. Additional officers will be required when more than 30 buses are running and/or when the traffic light at 17 th and Convention Center Drive needs manual operation. Police officers will hold traffic for buses and pedestrians as needed. The Lessee is responsible for all related charges. Your EM can outline the staff requirements and related expenses based on expected traffic.Union
Florida is a right-to-work state. However, the Miami Beach Convention Center is party to union agreements with the International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees and Motion Picture Machine Operators (IATSE Local 500 & 600) and the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW). All staging and production or audio visual work must be done by union labor in accordance with these agreements. Please contact your assigned EM for further discussion regarding the current union contract.
Centerplate , our exclusive in-house catering group can provide catering or banquet services throughout the venue. From continental breakfasts to five-course black tie affairs, our commitment is to treat each one of our guests with integrity and personalized service. Whether you require service for 10 or 10,000+, we can accommodate your event. Choose from our vast array of preset menu selections or let our chef tailor a menu to suit your individual needs. To speak to a representative at Centerplate, call 786-276-2700.
Need assistance in driving attendees to your event? Let us help you maximize exposure and increase attendance with services that save you time and money. Each event booked at the Miami Beach Convention Center can receive significant exposure through existing programs and cross-marketing opportunities. To learn more about the options available for customization for a successful event marketing, advertising, and promotion plan, please contact Brooke Millea at 786-276-2629 or BMillea@MiamiBeachFL.gov.
Utilize our media relationships. We will assist from press release creation to distribution to garner pre, during, and post event publicity. We are able to track and compile media results, values, and stats.Media Monitoring
We are able to closely monitor and report on online articles as well as television and radio activity relating to your event.Dedicated E-Blast
Developed and sent on the event's behalf to over 16,500 subscribers and attendees of previous MBCC events.E-Newsletter
Mention in our upcoming events section within our monthly e-newsletter.Website
Information uploaded on the events calendar at www.MiamiBeachConvention.com and a rotating banner on the homepage linked to the event's website.Social Media
The Miami Beach Convention Center allows exhibitors to pre-oreder food options to their booth for an event. Please contact Bruce Townsend, Centerplate Social Catering Sales Manager at 786-276-2712 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Parking for all vehicles is available at the parking garage locations on 17th Street and 18 th Street, one block from this Facility. Valet parking may be available. Click here for directions.