Virginia’s largest convention spaces
Sometimes you need a lot of room to spread out, so here is a list of the state’s biggest convention centers — plus one in Washington, D.C. — restricted to facilities with indoor meeting space and no onsite overnight lodgings. For more options, visit our comprehensive chart of hotels with conference space, organized by size and region, here.
Walter E. Washington Convention Center
At 2.3 million square feet, including 703,000 square feet of event space and 77 meeting rooms, this is one of the East Coast’s largest convention venues. It is accessible by Metro and has more than 3,000 parking spaces.
Greater Richmond Convention Center
The downtown facility, at 700,000 square feet, is Virginia’s largest convention center. It includes a 178,000-square-foot exhibit hall and a 30,550-square-foot grand ballroom, as well as 36 meeting rooms.
Virginia Beach Convention Center
Close to the ocean and a forthcoming indoor sports complex next door, this 525,000-square-foot venue has a 150,012-square-foot exhibit area and a 31,029-square-foot ballroom.
Hampton Roads Convention Center
The Hampton Roads region’s other large convention center. At 344,000 square feet, this facility has three first-floor exhibition halls totaling 102,600 square feet and seven ballrooms that can be combined into a 27,907-square-foot room.
Richmond Raceway Complex
More than the home of NASCAR races, the complex has 167,400 square feet of event space, including a 60,000-square-foot exhibition hall and the 36,000-square-foot Old Dominion building for parties or exhibits.
Norfolk Scope Meeting and Convention Space
Built in 1971, the Scope Arena hosts concerts and hockey, but the venue also has 140,000 square feet of exhibition and meeting space.
A 110,000-square-foot multipurpose arena that hosts concerts, monster truck rallies and other events, Berglund has an adjacent special events center with 46,000 square feet of exhibit space.
Fredericksburg Expo & Conference Center
With 90,000 square feet, this venue has exhibit spaces, five meeting rooms and a grand ballroom that accommodates 700.