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DE VOS PLACE IS COMPLETE WITH OPENING OF NEW BALLROOM
Grand Rapids, MI – Grand Rapids’ new convention center reached its completion on
February 1, 2005 with the opening of the DeVos Place Ballroom. A capacity crowd of 2,500
attended a community event that evening celebrating the conclusion of the $211 million
DeVos Place project.
The 160,000-square-foot exhibition hall opened December 2003, and now the
finishing touches have been completed with the addition of the 40,000-square-foot
ballroom that accommodates 2,500 banquet-style and 5,000 for receptions. This fully-
carpeted ballroom is the largest in Michigan and among the top 10% nationwide. Its
adjacent pre-function glass-enclosed lobby offers dramatic views overlooking the Grand
River and the Riverfront Promenade.
Located above the ballroom are the River Overlook Meeting Rooms providing an
additional 7,000 square feet of meeting space for DeVos Place. They include a boardroom
and six meeting rooms.
The opening of the Ballroom completes the convention center expansion project,
which began during the summer of 2000. The entire convention center offers one million
square feet of space, including a 162,000-square-foot exhibit hall, 29 meeting rooms, a 75-
foot-high Grand Gallery with 28,000 square feet of reception space, 12 enclosed loading
docks, and a 700-space underground parking garage.
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Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention & Visitors Bureau
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DE VOS PLACE BALLROOM – PAGE TWO
According to Steve Wilson, president of the Grand Rapids/Kent County Convention &