The center’s new convention venues—including a spacious ballroom and 16 new meeting rooms and suites—have helped attract many new types of meetings, conventions, and consumer shows to the center, and kept existing clients coming back. The major renovation of a pre-existing venue, Presentation Hall, has also helped attract a host of new entertainment events to the center. Photo-Credit2-William-Forsman376x251

Here’s a snapshot of clients’ input on the new convention venues and their experiences with Mayo Civic Center staff during the past year.

Minnesota Library Association Annual Conference

New event, October 5 – 6, 2017
Attendees: 600
Venues used: Ballroom, Ballroom Lobby West, Riverfront Plaza, All Suites 102 – 114

Tammy Schoenberg, MLA Executive Director: “It was a pleasure for the Minnesota Library Association to host their event in 2017 in the newly renovated Mayo Civic Center. We especially enjoyed the pre-function gathering space on the second floor that felt very open with its beautiful windows. The staff was awesome! Our event contact was very responsive and easy to work with and was available through our entire event.”

AACTFest 2017 (American Association of Community Theatre)

New event, June 25 – July 1, 2017
Attendees: 650
Venues used: Suites 102 – 114, McDonnell Room, Auditorium, Executive Board Room, neighboring Rochester Civic Theatre Company

Jill Patchin, AACT: “We felt that the team at Mayo Civic Center went above and beyond with their service and in making our event a success. We had a wonderful time!”

Women and Spirituality Conference

New event, September 16, 2017
Attendees: 650
Venues used: Ballrooms 2 & 3, Arena, Suites 110 – 114, All Riverview Rooms

Terri Allred, Women and Spirituality Conference Producer: “I shopped all over the Midwest for the perfect venue for The Women and Spirituality Conference. I knew that I needed a very large and affordable venue. Those were my two requirements. I had no idea that I would also be finding such beauty, functionality and a talented staff. Our participants loved the floor to ceiling windows overlooking the river, the outside picnic tables and green space and the lovely rooms. Our presenters, vendors and participants loved the state- of- the- art tech in the conference Women-and-Spirituality-Conferencerooms and exhibit hall. As a conference producer, I was continually amazed at the talented and professional staff who assisted me at every step of the way. I loved working with the Mayo Civic Center and plan to return annually.”

Minnesota Association of Christian Home Educators (MACHE)

Returning event that needed the convention center expansion to continue to host events in Rochester, April 12 – 14, 2018
Attendees: 2,500
Venues used: Entire Venue

Linda Watkins, MACHE Conference Director: “The new convention center is beautiful, the in-house AV system is amazing, Mayo Civic Center staff is easy to work with and we loved being at the Mayo Civic Center this year. It’s as if you built the building just for our event. Everything was perfect!”

Concerts and shows that have chosen the renovated Presentation Hall include:

  • Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt – November 2, 2017
  • BoDeans – November 4, 2017
  • Home Free – November 29, 2017
  • The Gear Daddies – February 15, 2018
  • Three Dog Night – March 16, 2018
  • Dwight Yoakam – March 30, 2018
  • Weird Al Yankovic – April 2, 2018
  • Lewis Black – April 13, 2018

Just a few of our noteworthy events on the calendar for the remainder of 2018 include:

  • American Spinal Injury Association Annual Scientific Meeting – occurring now, May 2 – 6; 350 attendees
  • International Behavioral and Neural Genetics Society (IBANGS) Annual Meeting – upcoming May 17 – 21; 150 attendees
  • Botany 2018 Thriving with Diversity - upcoming July 21 - 25; 2,100 attendees