What You Need to Know to Plan an Event at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Boston Convention Center

The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center (BCEC) opened in 2004 in the South Boston Seaport district, known as “Southie” to locals. This large venue has 2.1 million square feet of space, including 500,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space, dozens of meeting rooms, a ballroom, and a popular outdoor event area.

The Boston Convention Center hosts a wide variety of events, including trade shows and exhibitions, annual conferences, and conventions. Upcoming events include the American College of Surgeons’ Annual Clinical Congress, the New England Boat Show, Seafood Expo North America, and the New England International Auto Show.

Location and Contact Information 

The Boston Convention Center is located on Summer Street in Boston, MA.

Street Address: 415 Summer Street, Boston, Massachusetts 02210

Web Contact: https://www.signatureboston.com/contact-us 

Administrative Office: 877-393-3393

Sales and Booking: sales@SignatureBoston.com 

Booking an Event at the BCEC

Regardless of the type of event you’re planning, it’s always best to start the booking process as early as possible. For large events especially, try to secure your event space up to 18 months in advance.

Submit an RFP: https://www.signatureboston.com/book-your-event/ 

Rooms and Spaces

Exhibit Level

The Boston Convention Center exhibit hall occupies the ground floor of the venue. This level features 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space that is mostly column-free. The hall has 10 entrances and 10 different configurations, which can be set up with an East/West or North/South orientation. The exhibit space can be divided with soundproof air walls into four separate halls with controlled access points. This provides event planners with a highly flexible exhibition space that can meet a wide variety of needs.

  • Exhibit Hall A is 170,000 square feet and can accommodate 15,400 attendees.
  • Exhibit Hall B is 184,000 square feet and can accommodate over 26,000 reception guests. This hall can be split into two 92,000-square-foot halls.
  • Exhibit Hall C is 162,000 square feet and can accommodate 10,800 attendees in a banquet setup. This hall is adjacent to the South Parking Lot.

Meeting Level 1

This level includes 38 meeting rooms, plus pre-function spaces and the Wicked Good Market eatery.

Meeting Level 2

This level has 37 meeting spaces, including the Boardroom Suite, plus lobby/pre-function space.

Ballroom Level 3

This level features a 40,000-square-foot ballroom that can be divided into 2 separate spaces of 20,000 square feet each. It also includes a pre-function/lobby space of 19,300 square feet.

The Lawn on D

This outdoor event space at the BCEC features several grassy spaces, including a private outdoor space, the Signature Pavilion, and the Pavilion on D. These are public access areas that can be reserved for private events for up to 4,000 people.

Event Types

The Boston conference venue has facilities that are perfect for both small and large events, including exhibitions and trade shows, meetings and conferences, and conventions. The Lawn on D offers a variety of spaces for festivals, concerts, and other outdoor events.

Exclusive and Preferred Vendors and Services

Food and Beverage

Telecommunications, Internet, Networking, and VOIP

Exclusively provided in-house by the Boston Convention Center

Electrical Services

Exclusively provided in-house by the Boston Convention Center

Audio/Visual (Preferred)

  • Provided in-house by Projection 
  • Phone: 617-954-3333

Amenities at the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center

Amenities available at the BCEC include:

  • ATMs: Located on Level 1 North Lobby, the Wicked Good Market, and Level 0 East
  • FedEx Office business center: Printing and copying, office supplies, postage and shipping services, plus poster and banner printing

Nearby Boston Accommodations

Boston hotels that are convenient to the convention center include:

  • The Westin® Boston Seaport District
  • Aloft® Boston Seaport District
  • Element Boston Seaport District
  • Omni Boston at the Seaport
  • Residence Inn® Boston/Downtown Seaport
  • Seaport Hotel℠
  • Renaissance® Boston Waterfront Hotel
  • Homeward Suites by Hilton Boston Seaport District
  • Hyatt Place® Boston/Seaport District


The Boston Convention Center is fully ADA-compliant and accessible.

  • ADA-compliant parking is available in the south parking lot. This parking lot provides a direct and accessible connection to the southeast lobby. For any events that don’t use this accessible venue entrance, an accessible shuttle is available to provide transportation.
  • Wheelchairs are available free of charge for attendees, but supply is limited.

Transportation and Parking

Parking: The Boston Convention Center South Parking Lot has a total of 1,343 parking spaces, including accessible parking spaces and 200 valet parking spaces. Exhibitor Parking Passes are available, but the lot does not offer 24-hour parking.

Additional Parking: For larger events where the South Parking Lot isn’t sufficient, the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority (MCCA) Transportation Department will work with local parking garages and lots to provide additional spaces.

Public Transport: Provided by the Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority. South Station is located a 10-minute walk from the venue and includes the MBTA’s Red and Silver lines, along with bus and commuter rail and regional Amtrak service.

Taxi and Rideshare: MCCA staff are available to coordinate taxi and rideshare options for events. The venue has a designated pick-up and drop-off point located at the north entrance of the venue.

Public Safety 

The MCCA Public Safety Department provides a 24/7 emergency medical service. Some events may require additional emergency medical coverage, at the discretion of the MCCA Public Safety Department. Any additional services must be provided by an approved medical provider. Some events may be assigned a Public Safety Manager to coordinate services and act as a liaison with local first responder services.

The MCCA Public Safety Department may require an event to hire Boston Police detail officers and/or Boston Fire Department detail officers and/or licensed security personnel to ensure public safety.

New England’s hub is waiting for you. And planning an event in Boston is easy when you partner with ProGlobalEvents. Let our experienced team craft something unforgettable at the BCEC in Boston, MA.

Jack Connolly

Executive Creative Director

As an experiential creative director, Jack prefers to draw outside the lines. He tells stories with original content and impactful design to ignite meaningful conversation.


Jack brings 20 years of event industry knowledge to ProGlobalEvents. He specializes in building live & virtual platforms for audiences to connect, engage and immerse themselves in the power of a shared experience. His skills range from ideation and concept development to defining an attendee journey through storytelling and design.

Jack understands the creative process is not linear, but a collaborative process between agency and client. He manages teams of designers and technology developers to pioneer impactful brand experiences. His diverse skillset and leadership ensure for award-winning results and memorable impressions.


In 2019, BizBash named Jack one of the top event designers in North America. SXSW awarded his work the “People’s Choice in Innovation” in 2021.

Jerome Nadel

Chief Marketing Officer

Jerome Nadel is Internationally experienced design-led marketing executive (CMO and GM) with a track record of improved market position, revenue growth, and M&A. He is an advance degreed psychologist and user experience product/service design expert, board member and advisor.


Prior to joining ProGlobalEvents |ProExhibits |XtendLive, he has had a variety of chief marketing officer and chief user experience officer roles at companies including Rambus, BrainChip, Human Factors International, SLP InfoWare, Gemplus, and Sagem. He started his career in the IBM Human Factors Labs.


He is also an avid cyclist with National and multiple California State Champion titles.

Ivan Fujihara

Chief Financial Officer

Ivan brings 25+ years in senior level management experience from a variety of technology industries.  His background includes accounting management, analytics and audit management for technology companies.  He has worked with companies such as THX, Ltd, Recruitology , Double Click, Creative Labs and more.  Ivan has also served on the board of Lincoln Families, a non-profit that supports East Bay children with the objective of disrupting the cycle of trauma and poverty.

Matt Rulis

Vice President of Sales

Matt is a marketing professional and has been managing marketing strategies, campaigns and environments for a diverse client base for over 15 years. From a service perspective, Matt and his team of Account Executives focus on fostering relationships to uphold a greater than 99% customer satisfaction rating year-over-year. Additionally, with extensive experience on the client-side of the industry, he understands that alignment between expectation and budget is paramount to a successful project. As a result, ProGlobalEvents' clients can expect a competitive advantage paired with top quality products and services. Matt is an avid fly-fisherman, enjoys most outdoor activities and is a true college football fanatic.

Tom Foley

VP of Operations

Heading the fabrication side of ProGlobalEvents is exhibit and event industry veteran, Tom Foley. For over 35 years he has been responsible for building amazing exhibits and environments for clients. Tom started out in the production area and has broad experience in project and operations management. He currently oversees production, warehouse, graphics and project management departments. Tom studied machine tool technology and welding before entering the industry. As a true "builder" he also enjoys restoring and modifying classic American cars.

Dick Wheeler


Dick serves as President of ProGlobalEvents and President of ProExhibits and is a board member of CEMA (Corporate Event Marketing Association). At ProExhibits he has been nationally recognized as an innovator and driving force in the fast-growing trade show exhibit and event industry. Under his leadership in 1997, the firm received INC magazine’s INC 500 award as one of America’s fastest-growing companies. His informative articles on developments and innovations in the trade show exhibit and event industry have appeared in national trade publications. Dick has a B.S. degree from Wittemore School of Business & Economics at the University of New Hampshire and has completed the Entrepreneurial Executive Leadership Program sponsored by MIT, YEO and INC. He is actively involved in Vistage, an interactive group of over 20,000 CEO’s and presidents worldwide and is a member of CEMA and EDPA.

Jody Tatro

Chief Executive Officer

In addition to being CEO of ProGlobalEvents, Jody is also the CEO of ProExhibits. With Jody at the helm, the company has been recognized repeatedly as one of the Top 50 Women Owned Businesses in Silicon Valley. She has set the outstanding client service standards for which the firm’s account management team is noted. Jody is a recipient of the YWCA’s Tribute to Women Award, the Junior League Community Volunteer Award and is listed in Who’s Who of Women in Business. Following her graduation from California Polytechnic State University in San Luis Obispo, Jody held various sales positions in several technology companies.