What You Need to Know to Plan a Corporate Event at the Henry B. González Convention Center in San Antonio

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The Henry B. González Convention Center opened in 1968, originally built as part of the San Antonio World’s Fair. Since then, the venue has undergone four separate renovation and addition projects. It currently boasts more than 1.6 million square feet of event space, including five exhibit halls totaling 514,000 square feet. The venue is also home to “Stars at Night,” the largest ballroom in Texas, as well as the 2,319-seat Lila Cockrell Theatre.

Location and Contact Information

The Henry B. González Convention Center is located on E Market Street, in San Antonio, TX.

Street Address: 900 E Market Street, San Antonio, Texas 78205

Web Contact: https://www.sahbgcc.com/Contact-Us/General-Information

Convention and Sports Facilities: (210) 207-8500

Office: (210) 207-7773

Studio 5 Virtual Suite: (210) 207-6780

Booking Information for the Henry B. González Convention Center

Submit an RFP: https://www.sahbgcc.com/Contact-Us/Request-for-Proposal

To ensure you can get the event space and date that you want, it’s recommended that you contact the Henry B. González Convention Center at least 12 months in advance of your event.

If you wish to submit an RFP for an event that’s less than 12 months out, call the Booking Division at (210) 207-8500.

Rooms and Spaces

The Henry B. González Convention Center has a wide range of rooms and spaces, including a ballroom, theater, and exhibit halls, plus dozens of meeting rooms and breakout spaces.

Rooms and spaces include:

Ballrooms: This San Antonio venue features two gorgeous ballrooms. The best-known is “Stars at Night,” a 54,000-square-foot ballroom that uses over 1,600 LED lights to produce its gorgeous night-sky effect. It has a 5,100-square-foot balcony, cantilevered over Market Street.

There’s also the Hemisfair Ballroom, which clocks in at almost 40,000 square feet and has an adjacent 9,203-square-foot reception area.

Cantilever Room: A 4,000-square-foot room with an unusual feature: Part of this large meeting room is cantilevered over two lanes of Market Street traffic. It can also be divided into multiple breakout spaces.

Exhibit Halls: There’s over 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space in this San Antonio convention center. Together, these halls can accommodate over 2,900 standard-size exhibits. There are five halls in total, including a column-free 86,878-square-foot exhibit hall. The largest hall comprises up to 183,712 square feet of exhibit space.

The Grotto: This huge reception space can accommodate 2,500 people. It’s the only riverside venue space in San Antonio that can host an event of this size.

Lila Cockrell Theater: A performing arts theater with seating for 2,319 people

Liquid Crystal: A million-dollar interactive art installation, located in the primary lobby

The LDR, or Lonesome Dove Room: This ranch-themed venue seats 150 to 500 guests and includes both an indoor seating area and an adjacent outdoor patio.

Meeting Rooms: The Henry B. González Convention Center has more than 70 flexible meeting rooms, ranging from a few hundred square feet to almost 11,000 square feet.

Multipurpose Spaces: Along with function rooms, ballrooms, and exhibit halls, the event venue also has thousands of square feet of multipurpose space that can be used for registration and reception areas, meeting and event spaces, and more.

Studio 5: This virtual event suite provides video support, lighting, sound, and other essential services for virtual content. Presented and serviced by Encore.

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Event Types in San Antonio

The Henry B. González Convention Center features 4 exhibit halls, more than 70 meeting spaces, the Lila Cockrell theater, ballrooms, and several outdoor event spaces too. This venue has it all, making it a great option for a wide array of event types. Exhibitions and trade shows, conventions and conferences, evening events, arts performances, and meetings of all sizes can find the perfect event space at this venue.

Exclusive and Preferred Vendors and Services

Services available on-site at the Henry B. González Convention Center include audio/visual production, catering, and electrical. The following services are exclusive, except where noted otherwise. For up-to-date contact information, click here.

  • A/V Services: Courtesy of preferred provider Encore
  • Business Center: Provided by The UPS Store
  • Catering and Concessions: Provided by The RK Group
  • Rigging: Provided by Encore
  • Security: Provided by the City of San Antonio Off-Duty Employment Unit
  • Telecommunications/Internet: Provided by Smart City Networks®

Henry B. González Amenities

Business Center: Operated by UPS, includes shipping and mailing, faxing and copying, and other essential services

Dining: The Henry B González Convention Center has three on-site dining locations, each catered by The RK Group.

Nearby Accommodations

Hotels near the Henry B. González Convention Center include:

  • San Antonio Marriott Riverwalk
  • Grand Hyatt® San Antonio River Walk
  • Hilton Palacio del Rio
  • Hotel Contessa®
  • The Crockett Hotel
  • La Quinta® Inn & Suites by Wyndham San Antonio
  • The Fairmount
  • The Emily Morgan Hotel


The Henry B. González Convention Center operates in accordance with Title II of the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA). This includes the provision of accessible entryways, seating, elevators, and other permanent accommodations.

Service animals that comply with ADA regulations are welcome at the venue. This includes guide dogs and service dogs, but not emotional support, comfort, or therapy animals.

Transportation and Parking

Visitors have a range of options for getting around the city of San Antonio, including shuttles and taxis, rental cars, local buses, and the BCycle bike-sharing program.

There are several car park locations at or near Henry B. González, including on-site options. Click here for further information, including locations and parking rates.

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Public Safety

Security services are provided exclusively by the City of San Antonio’s Off-Duty Police Employment Unit. The Henry B. González Convention Center is a municipally owned venue. As Texas is an open carry state, any events that wish to restrict firearms must post signs to that effect.

Off-duty officers must be present at any event that serves alcohol.

Uniformed police officers must be hired for certain services, including for overnight security coverage, overseeing shuttle bus access, and monitoring of move-in and move-out areas.

San Antonio’s historic sites and unique ambiance are not to be missed. Ready to plan a corporate event in this one-of-a-kind Texas City? Let the team at ProGlobalEvents help!

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.