150 W San Carlos St, San Jose, CA 95113
San Jose’s convention center should be familiar to anyone who attended the 2002 Worldcon. But it’s also familiar to the people who attend Further Confusion (2012-present), FanimeCon (2004-present), Big Wow Comicfest (2013-2015), APE: the Alternative Press Expo (1994-Present), and Silicon Valley Comic Con (2016-present). It’s a great convention hall for geeky events.
If you haven’t been to the convention center recently, though, you won’t have seen the beautiful new expansion that opened October 2013. And you definitely haven’t experienced downtown San Jose’s free “Wickedly Fast Wi-Fi” that’s just been extended to provide service throughout the convention center.
The convention center now has 550,000 square feet of combined convention space. In addition to its 325,000 square feet of exhibit space, it has (depending on configuration) up to 43 meeting rooms with capacities from 50 to 3,900 in theater style seating.
As to accessibility, the convention center has hosted the Bay Area Accessibility Expo for several years now. I think that says more than anything we can say ourselves about the accessibility of the facility. It’s tried, tested, and accessible.
While the convention center is connected to two hotels, and within blocks of 5 more hotels, it’s also quite commuter-friendly. VTA Light Rail and bus lines serve the convention center stop, and a free downtown shuttle provides connections to Caltrain, ACE, Capital Corridor and Amtrak trains at nearby Diridon Station.
If you’re planning to use mass transit to get around, check out the Bay Area Clipper Card. Much like London’s Oyster card, Dublin’s Leap card and the Carte Orange of Paris, Clipper is a contactless transit payment card that makes navigating the different transit agencies and services a breeze.
For a fabulous overview of the convention center, check out SanJoseMeetings.com
We’re bidding in California. Very few indoor venues still allow smoking. The McEnery Convention Center, San Jose Marriott and San Jose Hilton are all non-smoking facilities. Smoking is permitted outdoors.