LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – After two years of work and construction, the Kentucky International Convention Center is set to reopen on Monday.

The $207 million worth of renovations will amount to a re-imagined experience for convention goers and trade shows.

“Before we had space broken up on two levels now we've got all that in one level,” said General Manager of KICC, Stacey Church. “I think we will be able to attract larger shows.”

The renovations led to a number of lane and street closures in downtown, often creating headaches for drivers.

The convention center will have more than 200,000 feet of exhibit space, a 40,000-square-foot ballroom with LED walls, more than 50 meeting rooms and a 175-seat conference theater.

Even prior to the opening, the new space has had an impact on hotel rooms. Hotel room nights connected to events at the convention center for the next year are already 20 percent higher than in 2015, the last full year the center was open.

The grand opening ceremony is scheduled for 10 a.m. Monday. 4th Street between Jefferson and Market is expected to reopen around 11 a.m. No word on when 3rd Street might reopen.


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