Phoenix Convention Center is a huge facility, expanded in 2008 to triple its original size. It has within it the largest ballroom in the state and one of the largest footprints for a convention center in the country. It is still sometimes referred to by its old moniker, Phoenix Civic Plaza. In addition to hosting conferences and conventions, there are many public events and trade shows hosted there throughout the year, including bridal shows, home shows, auto shows, sports experiences and more. Past events include Presidential Debates, MLB, NBA, NFL, and WWE. The Phoenix Convention Center was the focal point of the NFL Experience during the week preceding the 2015 Super Bowl. Regularly scheduled events include:
Popular Destinations Near the Phoenix Convention Center
- Arizona Science Center
- Children's Museum of Phoenix
- Arizona Center and AMC Arizona Center Movies
- Talking Stick Resort Arena (formerly US Airways Center)
- Chase Field
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You'll have to find street parking quite a few blocks away if you want to try to find free parking here (try south of the Phoenix Convention center, in the more industrial part of downtown). There is covered garage parking. Parking fees range from about $10 to $25, depending on the event and what else is going on in Downtown Phoenix at the time. I recommend that you know where in the convention center your event's entrance is located. The South Hall is several blocks from the North Hall!
A word about parking meters -- while there are parking meters near the Phoenix Convention Center, be aware that they operate seven days per week, no free parking at meters on weekends or holidays. Meters operate from 8 a.m. to 10 p.m. Time limits vary but some maximums are only two hours, so check the information on the meter first. Most downtown Phoenix meters now accept credit cards as well as coins. Still, I always keep about ten dollars in quarters in my car, just in case!
Phoenix Convention Center Address
100 N. Third Street
Phoenix, AZ 85004
Directions to the Phoenix Convention Center (Phoenix Civic Plaza)
The major cross streets for Phoenix Convention Center are Monroe to Jefferson, 2nd to 5th Street.
From North Phoenix/Scottsdale: Take the Piestewa Peak Parkway (SR 51) south to I-10. Exit I-10 at Washington/Jefferson Street. Turn right (west) on Washington Street to 7th Street.
From East Valley: Take I-60 west to Interstate 10 west. Exit I-10 at Washington. Take a left (west) on Washington to 7th Street.
From West/Southwest Phoenix: Take I-10 east to 7th Street exit. Turn right (south) on 7th Street to Washington.
From Northwest Phoenix/Glendale: Take I-17 south to Jefferson Street. Turn left (east) on Jefferson Street to First Street.
By METRO Light Rail: Use the 3rd Street/Washington or 3rd Street/Jefferson station. This is a split station, so which station depends on which direction you are going. Check out a map of the METRO light rail stations.
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