The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center has more than 516,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, and 2.1 million square feet of flexible space, making it the largest exhibition space in the Northeast. It also has 80 carpeted meeting rooms for smaller, private gatherings or workshops. Since its debut, the center has hosted a wide variety massive of shows, including the New England Auto Show, eBay! Live, and several Health and Fitness expos.
The facility is two miles away from Logan airport and is owned by the Massachusetts Convention Center Authority.
The push to build an entirely new convention and exhibition space in Boston began in the late 1990s, when Boston’s existing spaces were no longer large enough for some of the popular conferences and conventions. The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center opened in its current form in 2004, to great acclaim. Not only does the flexible space meet the needs of some of the largest exhibitions in the world, but it is beautiful and technologically advanced, as well, containing a grand ballroom with waterfront views, WiFi and cellular service throughout the space, and a video wall / media tower, all wrapped in a modern building designed by noted architect Rafael Viñoly.
Visiting the Center
There's plenty to do in the waterfront area surrounding the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center. In addition to myriad shopping and dining options, the area boasts the historic Fort Point Channel and the Institute of Contemporary Art. The abundance of amenities makes this convention center hard to overlook.
The Boston Convention and Exhibition Center is located near the South Boston waterfront, directly across the harbor from Logan International Airport. This rapidly expanding area features a number of hotels near the Boston Convention and Exhibition Center.
The center is accessible by public transportation via Amtrak or commuter rail. Convention attendees can also take the MBTA Red or Silver lines to South Station and either walk or take the Silver Line to the World Trade Center. A diesel rail shuttle between the Convention and Exhibition Center and Boston’s Back Bay area is planned, with service expected to begin in 2015.