Greenville, SC

11 Best Greenville SC Convention Centers in 2019

From customizable spaces to great landscaping and support amenities, Greenville has got everything you need to suit your convention theme. Thanks to its great event venues, amenities, and support services, the city is becoming a major destination for meetings and events planners. In 2017, Greenville, SC was ranked #1 by Meeting Professionals International among the top emerging cities for meetings.

This article highlights 11 Greenville meeting venues that offer attendees a one of a kind experience.

1. Greenville Convention Center (top event space in Greenville SC)

  • Distance from downtown: 3.2 miles
  • Largest meeting room: 50,000 square feet

One of the largest meeting venues in the Southeast, Greenville Convention Center offers 280,000 square feet of excellent event space. Just 5 minutes away from downtown, Greenville Convention Center SC features 2 levels of multi-sized meeting spaces and can accommodate 4,000 people. There are 8 variable sized meeting rooms a 30,000 sq. ft. ballroom, one large conference space (50,000 sq. ft), and 2 exhibit halls (one measuring 125,000 sq. ft. and the other 105,000 sq. ft.).

In line with Greenville’s ‘green’ initiative, this exhibit hall tries to embed sustainability in everything they do. Food and beverages consumed here are locally grown. Leftover food is donated to local food banks and charities, and waste food is composted locally and turned into a useful soil amendment. All meeting rooms feature spring water coolers and compostable cups – as well as energy saving bulbs. Eco-friendly cleaning products are utilized, and all stationery is printed on recycled paper. Exhibitors are provided with high-speed internet, communication and teleconferencing facilities they need for a successful event.

This convention center is located along Interstate 85 between Charlotte and Atlanta. If you’re coming by air, Greenville Convention Center is just 15 minutes away by road from Spartanburg International Airport. Attendees who’re driving from Atlanta can travel by road (approximately 2.5 hours). Other cities in the region that are proximate to this major events centers include Charlotte (2 hours by road), Columbia (1.5 hours by road), and Asheville (1.5 hours by road).

Related: New Arts and Conference Center Coming to Greenville, SC

2. Greenville One Center (professional meeting space in the downtown area)

The Greenville Once Center is situated in the West Tower of the ONE building, right at the corner of West Washington and North Main. This convention center occupies the second and third floors of the building and offers 36,000 square feet of A class meeting space. The Greenville One meeting center offers an auditorium with 274 seats, multiple meeting rooms, and state of the art video-audio technologies. There are three large training rooms that can seat 24-60 people. For local organizations and professional groups that are looking to hold a meeting in the downtown area, the ONE Center offers exceptional space.

3. The Peace Center (famed events and performance center in the downtown area)

  • Largest meeting room: 8,400 square foot (Huguenot Loft)

The Peace Center offers excellent space for events – particularly private events. Every year, countless ceremonies, send-offs, corporate functions, graduations, parties, and anniversaries find their home here. They have a variety of unique, flexible venues that you can choose from to meet the needs of your meeting, break out session, or group activities.

Incorporated into the Peace Center campus back in 1990, the Huguenot Mill is a perfect events center in Greenville. Its main floor includes a lobby and two distinct spaces. The Freeman Conference Center – with sliding glasses – is ideal for private meetings and bridal suites. The more spacious Ramsaur Studio provides remarkable flexibility and is ideal for conferences, workshops, meetings, as well as group activities. Upstairs, the Huguenot Loft sets the scene as a properly intriguing space for receptions, weddings, and corporate events.

This lounge at the Peace Center is one of Greenville’s most elegant and sophisticated event spaces. It is an ideal location for dinners, anniversary celebrations, cocktail parties, or corporate events. Dramatic lighting and expansive views of the Reedy riverfront will keep your guests captivated throughout the event. This venue can host up to 250 people indoors and another 50 on the outside balcony.

4. Hyatt Regency Greenville (ideal for large galas and corporate functions)

  • Largest meeting space: 14,381 square feet

The Hyatt Regency in Greenville offers a contemporary convention and meetings center, located near golfing, shopping, restaurants, and the city’s cultural hotspots. This NOMA Square venue offers 35,000 square feet of fluid space for hosting your next business meeting or social event. Select the Grand Regency Ballroom that is perfect for large galas as well as corporate functions. The Boardroom is ideal for brainstorming sessions, and there are ample staff to make sure your event in any of the 24 meeting rooms goes off without a hitch.

5. Embassy Suites by Hilton Greenville Golf Resort & Conference Center (great wedding venue with flexible ballrooms)

  • Distance to downtown: 5.6 miles
  • Largest meeting space: 11,552 square feet

With over 44,000 square feet of flexible meeting space, this South Carolina golf resort is ideal for hosting meetings and conferences. The outdoor terrace and golf pavilion offers scenic views of the Blue Ridge Mountains and have beautifully manicured landscaping – which makes them the ideal wedding venue in Greenville. There are a total of 18 meeting rooms at the Embassy Suites, with the largest one spanning 11,552 square feet. Located just minutes to downtown Greenville, this convention center is the place to be if you’re looking for flexible ballrooms that can accommodate up to 1500 guests.

6. Zen (the ideal spot for weddings, cocktail hour & dinner parties)

  • 6000 square feet  – largest space

Located right on Main Street in the heart of Greenville, this is an accommodative convention center that will host your dinner parties, black tie wedding, corporate cocktail hour, and a variety of other events. They have several indoor and outdoor spaces, the largest of which can host 300 people in formal seating. Zen Greenville is arguably the most popular events center in the city for corporate events, fundraisers, and weddings. Their adaptable venues are also ideal for awards ceremonies, community events, classes & school events, photo shoots, screenings, art, and fashion shows, and other events.

7. Crowne Plaza Greenville (corporate atmosphere with spacious banquet space)

  • Distance to downtown: 6.2 miles
  • Largest meeting space: 4,200 square feet

Crowne Plaza Greenville is located off I-385 inner loop about 8 miles away from the Greenville-Spartanburg airport. “The Place to Meet” in Greenville, this meeting center is just minutes away from the vibrant uptown entertainment and dining district. They provide a complimentary shuttle service to the airport, downtown Greenville, and within a 5-mile radius of the hotel all weed days. Crowne Plaza offers over 8,000 square feet of total meeting space, with a banquet space that holds up to 500 people. Their corporate atmosphere makes comfort and convenience a top priority in each one of the 8 meeting rooms available. Keep in mind that groups must book no later than 30 days before check-in, and reservations can be canceled no later than 24 hours before the day of arrival. No deposit is required to book the convention venues at Crowne Plaza.

8. Kroc Center (vibrant community events center close to downtown)

  • Distance from downtown: 0.8 miles
  • Largest meeting room: 4732 square feet

Since it opened in October 2011, the Kroc Community Center has offered a variety of meeting spaces, athletic facilities, and amenities to residents of Greenville, SC. There are a total of 11 meeting rooms available here. The largest – Waggoner Conference Center – provides 4732 square feet worth of space and a 500 banquet capacity for corporate meetings, community events, and wedding receptions. Another large meeting facility here is the Fred Collins Performing Arts and Worship Center, which spans a total of 2400 square feet. This venue is ideal for all types of weddings, performances, lectures and other programs. With state of the art audio visual equipment, flexible room arrangements, and wireless internet, the Kroc Center offers everything you need to make your event a success.

9. Hilton Greenville (great venue for small meetings, weddings, & conferences)

  • Distance from downtown: 4.6 miles via I-385 N
  • Largest Meeting Room: 4608 square feet

The Hilton Greenville has meeting space totaling 16,679 square feet, with a banquet space that can hold up to 450 people. Groups need to book a meeting room well in advance. Reservations may be canceled no later than 2 days before the arrival date. No deposit is required and groups can occupy up to 80% of the group room block. This convention venue is an excellent spot for small meetings, weddings, conferences, as well as large events that bring together up to 600 people.

10. Hilton Garden Inn (flexible meeting room layouts)

  • Distance from downtown: 7.3 miles
  • Largest meeting room – 1650 square feet

Host important business meetings, conferences, and training seminars at the Hilton Garden Inn Greenville. This convention venue offers over 3,500 square feet of flexible meeting space to accommodate up to 210 guests. The largest room in this center measures 1,650 square feet, with the second largest spanning 1,620 square feet. Select from 8 flexible layout rooms including classroom, banquet style, reception, U-shape, and other arrangements to suit the needs of your occasion.

11. Courtyard Greenville Downtown (compact meeting venue in the downtown)

  • Distance from downtown: 4,000 square feet

If you’re looking to host your event in a compact venue within a walking distance to a variety of restaurants, shops, galleries, parks and entertainment in the Greenville town center – the Courtyard is an ideal choice. This meetings venue has 8 event rooms and offers 12,323 square feet of meeting space. The largest meeting room spanning 4,000 square feet. They offer a complimentary shuttle service to and from the Greenville-Spartanburg Airport.

Greenville, SC, News

New Arts and Culture Center coming to Greenville SC

Long-standing plans to build a modern arts and conference center along the Reedy River in Greenville may finally bear fruits. The first public designs came out March 19, as prominent developers Phil Hughes and Bo Aughtry pleaded with the Greenville county council for financial support.

This proposed convention center would be erected on 6.7 acres – the last big piece of developable land on the Reedy River. If everything goes according to plan, this ‘one-of-a-kind’ events center will be a major draw for conferences, as well as help increase tourism and spur jobs growth.

Renderings by Rome Office in partnership with Craig Gaulden Davis

Funding for a Greenville SC Convention Center on the Reedy

This new conference center in Greenville, SC comes along with a price tag of over $100 million – inclusive the value of the donated land. The City of Greenville and Greenville County are each expected to chip in $26 million in project funding, with significant participation from the private center.

Already, local lawmakers have made a request for $5 million in funding through special earmark legislation. These funding requests will still need to get approval from the state senate. According to the developers, the overall center could spur more than $300 in private investment. This would include an Embassy Suites hotel with a 250-room capacity and connected to the existing Embassy Suites across the street via a sky bridge, as well as a modern events center, residential units, office, and retail facilities.

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New home for the Greenville County Museum of Art (GCMA)

Due to space constraints at its current location at Heritage Green, the Greenville County Museum of Art can only show about 5% of its prized collection. The upcoming downtown space would add 25,000 more square feet to GCMA’s exhibit space, nearly doubling it.

This would make it possible for the Museum – one of the best things to do for visitors in Greenville – to display works by top artists David Drake + Jasper John, Andrew Wyeth, and more. Up to now, these items have been in storage.

New center the Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery

The Bob Jones University Museum & Gallery is certainly in need of a more accessible, central location. The museum carries one of the biggest collections of European Old Master paintings in the country, including renowned pieces from Rubens, Van Dyck, and Botticelli. However, the museum is seeking a new home to house its famous collection as its primary space at BJU campus has been closed for renovations throughout 2019. The proposed walkable location in downtown would provide 60,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space for this Greenville art hotspot.

Missing Piece – downtown conference center

For a long time, Greenville has been missing a conference center in the walkable downtown area. The new conference center will draw out-of-town people and organizations to Greenville. This proposed conference center would be a perfect spot for conferences that are too big for the Hyatt and that do not want to transport attendees from downtown hotels to the Greenville Convention Center (previously known as the TD Convention Center) or the Palmetto Expo Center.

The new conference center would occupy a whopping 68,000 square feet. It will incorporate a 25,000 square ft. ballroom, a “jewel box” building feature, as well as a public gathering on the exterior fronting the Reedy River. With the capacity to host about 620 events every year, this space would have a major positive influence on the city.

Together with the two outstanding museums and the surrounding mixed-use developments, the new meeting facility will attract tourists and businesses alike. It’ll be a catalyst for ongoing growth and developments in the area.