World of Concrete opened convention doors to guests in Las Vegas this year! The trade show made a triumphant return to Sin City, where excited exhibitors and attendees could meet face-to-face for the first time in over a year. The show was a huge step in gauging what trade shows will be like as they come back into convention halls and venues. Needless to say, it was a huge success and there are more shows that will be following in its footsteps.
If you are curious to know what happened at one of the first big in-person events in the U.S., we’ll stop ”building” tension and give you the details on what you missed at World of Concrete 2021.
The First Look at New Additions to the LVCC
West Hall Expansion
World of Concrete was the first live event to be held at the Las Vegas Convention Center’s newest expansion area, West Hall. This new venue added 1.4 million square feet to the convention center’s current facility and 600,000 square feet of technologically advanced exhibit space. There is a main entrance and lobby, as well as meeting rooms, service, and support areas. West Hall also provides a panoramic view of the Las Vegas strip and 14,000-square-foot outdoor terrace, making it a great place for professionals to discuss ideas and network.
Las Vegas Convention Center Loop
Elon Musk’s highly anticipated Las Vegas Convention Center Loop made its debut at the World of Concrete show in June. The LVCC Loop was created by the Boring Company to efficiently move convention-goers back and forth through a system of tunnels beneath Las Vegas. The LVCC Loop “reduces a 45 minute cross-campus walk time to approximately 2 minutes,” according to the company. Its West, Central, South stations will be a game-changer for trade shows moving forward.
What Events Happened at World of Concrete?
World of Concrete holds a few special events during the trade show. Events were either indoor or outdoor, and luncheons and forums were held. Perhaps the most exciting event for this show was the 2021 Spec Mix Bricklayer 500 World Championship, which occurred on Wednesday, June 9th. The winning team, with 678 bricks laid in one hour, was composed of mason David Chavez and mason tender Guadalupe Hernandez with Ranch Masonry in Houston, Texas. See the runners-up via Spec Mix’s website.
As this was the first large in-person trade show, many businesses had the opportunity to attend these events, learn more about the industry, and do some B2B networking. After a year, this show was a great indicator that live events are coming back by storm.
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The Impact of World of Concrete
The return of World of Concrete kept businesses and event professionals on their toes. Despite the difficulties, this live event was a success and proves that the trade show industry is back! It also brought hope back to businesses and professionals in the event industry, which took a huge hit last year. Steve Hill, LVCVA president and CEO, had this to say about World of Concrete and the return of trade shows:
“We are excited to welcome our convention customers back to Las Vegas and to our new West Hall, reigniting the meetings and convention industry. Today is not only a great day for our city, it’s a great day for the meetings and conventions industry across Las Vegas and across the United States.”
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