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 October 31, 2006
Anaheim Convention Center Arena Undergoes $5 Million Renovation

 The Anaheim Convention Center's landmark 8,700-seat Arena is in the midst of an impressive upgrade. The classic 39-year-old, Googie architecture structure is going through a modernization process blending the Arena with the existing redesigned Anaheim Convention Center.

"We are creating a seamless environment where indoor and outdoor meetings and special events can thrive. We are fortunate to have exceptional year-round climate in Anaheim, and this together with our new palm tree-lined courtyard and signature fountain will enhance our entire meeting and event atmosphere," noted Greg Smith, executive director, Anaheim Convention Center.

Recent Anaheim Convention Center Arena interior improvements (Completed):

- Reupholstered 5,500 permanent seats
- 2,500 new floor and riser seats
- New ceiling and HVAC system
- New roof
- Carpeting, paint, lighting, basketball court and scoreboard enhancements
- Remodeled food service areas
- New signage

Exterior improvements currently in development (To be completed December 2006):

- Planting 46 lush palm trees
- Enhanced pedestrian walkways
- Signature fountain at the entrance of the Arena
- Outdoor courtyard function space (accommodates up to 5,000 people)
- Decorative, blue exterior roof lighting
- Up-lighting of all palm trees
- Conversion of roadway into plaza/courtyard area (using decorative colored pavers)

Additional improvements scheduled to begin in March/April 2007 (To be completed by July 2007):

Dramatic update of original building exterior to complement the existing convention center design - removing original brick veneer and walls and replacing with "vision" glass and metallic facade features

Additionally, the Arena recently engaged in a five-year contract with AEG Facilities Inc. to bring in a variety of concerts and public events. It is now the home court of the NBA Development League's new team, the Anaheim Arsenal. Their inaugural season at the Arena begins November 24, 2006.

The Anaheim Convention Center is the largest convention center on the West Coast and features 1.6 million square feet of meeting, exhibit and event space. It hosts in excess of two million people annually who meet here for trade shows, meetings and public events. The Center is consistently ranked as one of the top meeting venues in the U.S. in terms of its size, attendance and overall building services and amenities.

Home to renowned beaches, world-famous theme parks and attractions, exciting professional sports, unique shopping, arts and cultural events, and award-winning restaurants, Southern California's Anaheim/Orange County is a blend of sights and experiences complemented by warm sunshine.

www.anaheimoc.org