What You Need to Know to Plan an Event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas

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The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas (KBHCCD) opened in 1973. Four expansions later, it now boasts a total of 2 million square feet of event space. Facilities at this Texas venue include 1 million square feet of exhibition space, nearly 100,000 square feet of meeting space and breakout rooms, and a massive 93,000-square-foot ballroom.

Further developments are planned to modernize the facility, upgrade venue transit options, and more fully integrate the venue with nearby Dallas amenities. The proposed expansion will add a further 500,000 square feet of event space, including additional exhibit space, ballrooms, and meeting rooms.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas is currently the home of several major national and international events, including Fan Expo Dallas and the annual VEX Robotics Competition. The venue has over a million visitors every year.

Location and Contact Information 

The KBHCCD is located on South Griffin Street in Dallas.

Street Address: 650 S Griffin Street, Dallas, Texas 75202

Web Contacts: https://www.dallasconventioncenter.com/about-us/meet-your-team 

Administrative Office: 214-939-2700

Sales and Booking: 214-939-2750

Security Supervisor: 214-939-2942

Booking an Event at This Dallas Convention Center

The KBHCCD offers plenty of space for events of all kinds, but it’s still important to secure your desired space as soon as you can. The bigger your plans, the more important it is to book your event early. Up to 18 months in advance is recommended.

Book an Event: https://www.dallasconventioncenter.com/planners/book-your-event 

Rooms and Spaces

Level 1

  • 75 meeting rooms totaling more than 71,000 square feet
  • Covered parking areas

Level 2

  • Six exhibit halls, ranging from 100,000 to 200,000 square feet – The total area of exhibit halls is 724,526 square feet.
  • Ballroom totaling 26,992 square feet, with a maximum capacity of 2,800 – It can be divided into four separate spaces.
  • Ballroom totaling 19,134 square feet, with a maximum capacity of 2,004 – It can be divided into four separate spaces.
  • Lobbies/pre-function spaces 
  • 10 meeting rooms totaling 12,358 square feet

Level 3

  • 10 meeting rooms totaling 11,877 square feet
  • Ballroom totaling 19,003 square feet, with a maximum capacity of 960 – It can be divided into four sections.


  • 21,290 square feet with a maximum capacity of 9,815
  • 7,428 fixed seats and 2,388 portable seats

Theater – The Black Academy of Arts and Letters

  • Maximum capacity of 1,747
  • Includes lobby/pre-function space and theater
  • Three meeting spaces
  • On-site Café Muse, seats 250
  • On-site James E. Kemp Gallery

Event Types at the North Texas Venue

The KBHCCD offers such a comprehensive range of event spaces that it’s suitable for almost any kind of event. Along with the usual trade shows and exhibitions, meetings, conferences, and conventions, the theater and arena provide opportunities for performances of all kinds.

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Exclusive and Preferred Vendors and Services

Technology Services

Provided exclusively by Smart City Networks®

Food and Beverage


Choose from a list of preferred providers.

Emergency Medical Services

Choose from a list of preferred providers.

Security Services

Choose from a list of preferred providers.


  • On-site food hall at the main venue
  • Broadcast capabilities
  • Business center
  • On-site café at the theater
  • Two Vertiport landing pads adjacent to the venue

Nearby Accommodations

The closest hotel to the venue, the Omni Dallas Hotel, is connected to the KBHCCD via skybridge. Other Dallas hotels near the conference center include:

  • Aloft® Dallas Downtown
  • Lorenzo Hotel
  • Courtyard® by Marriott Dallas Downtown/Reunion District
  • Holiday Inn Express® Dallas Downtown
  • Magnolia Dallas Downtown 
  • The Westin® Dallas Downtown
  • Fairfield Inn & Suites® Dallas Downtown
  • Hyatt Regency® Dallas
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In accordance with ADA requirements, the venue provides all permanent accommodations, including accessible entrances and lifts. Any temporary accommodation for a specific event is the responsibility of the event planner to arrange. This includes accommodations such as visual or hearing-assistive devices, interpreter services, and temporary accessible seating.

Service animals are welcome at the venue. This includes guide dogs, signal animals, and other animals that comply with ADA regulations.

Transportation and Parking

Parking: There are 1,199 parking spaces on-site at the KBHCCD, including 26 ADA-compliant spaces. Each of the 2 parking areas comprises 225,000 square feet of space. Overnight parking is not available at either parking lot.

DART: The Dallas Area Rapid Transit system includes light rail and scheduled bus service with stops near the venue.

Bus: A free shuttle bus links the venue with the Dallas Downtown district, the arts district, and other key city locations. 

Dallas Streetcar: This public transportation option connects to Dallas Union Station in downtown Dallas.

Public Safety 

Event security is required for every event that takes place at the Dallas venue. Event planners can choose an event security service provider from the approved list. The venue and that provider then work together to develop a security plan for the event.

The Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas offers multiple options for emergency services, security, and crowd management. For more information, check out the venue’s Security Guide. Available security services include:

  • 24-hour security patrol
  • Emergency dispatch
  • Crowd management, including traffic control and parking
  • Alcohol management, including uniformed security service
  • Safety awareness training
  • Ushers, ticket-takers, floor agents, and police

North Texas is full of promise. You can be at the heart of it when you plan an event at the Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center Dallas. And we can help ensure it’s exactly to your specifications.

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.