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CONTACT: Dilcy Windham Hilley
                        Vice President Marketing/Communications                      

                        800-458-8085 or

Birmingham, Ala---Huge meeting arenas, handsome seminar rooms and unusual spots for social functions---all these and more are part of an interesting inventory of venues available for meetings in Birmingham.

The Largest:

Alabama’s premier meeting facility is the Birmingham-Jefferson Convention Complex (BJCC), situated at the north end of the city center. The BJCC Exhibition Hall has a main floor covering 220,000 square feet, generous space for presenting expansive tradeshows and exhibitions. For smaller shows, the North Exhibit Hall has a movable wall that can be placed at 30,000-square-foot increments for further flexibility. The BJCC has 100,000 square feet in 74 meeting rooms, and also includes a 19,000-seat Arena, A 3,000-seat Concert Hall and a 1,000-seat Theater.

The Medical Forum, another component of the complex, is a conference facility unlike any other in the country. It is fully equipped with state-of-the-art communications technology, including satellite teleconferencing, video teleconferencing and conference rooms to accommodate up to 400 participants. The Medical Forum also houses a demonstration wet lab, used for programs requiring special surgical procedures.

The BJCC adjoins the 770-room Sheraton Birmingham, a 17-story full service convention hotel with a 25,000-square-foot ballroom.

Also in the City Center:

Another popular meeting facility in the heart of downtown is the Harbert Center, built of Italian granite with mahogany and chrome accents. The center accommodates diverse meeting and social functions in five dining areas with seating capacities up to 500 people. Reception areas have a capacity of up to 1,000 guests, with other meeting facilities offering space for up to 450. Hotels in the vicinity include two historic properties, the elegant Tutwiler Hotel, and the Redmont Hotel, loaded with historic stories, such as the fact that Hank Williams Sr. spend the last night of his young life there.

At the Other End of Town:

Located in the heart of the Highway 280 entertainment corridor is the Cahaba Grand Conference Center. The center’s main ballroom covers 20,000, elegantly-appointed square feet and can host groups up to 2,000 people. Meeting and banquet rooms are also available, along with full service catering and audiovisual services. Situated in the tranquil, wooded setting of HealthSouth corporate headquarters, Cahaba Grand is an upscale venue for social functions.

Nearby lodging properties include the new 295-room Birmingham Marriott, with 14,000 square feet of meeting space, and the Hilton-Birmingham Perimeter Park, with 205 guest rooms and nearly 10,000 square feet of meeting space.

In the Western Section:

The Bessemer Civic Center is within easy walking distance of 600 guest rooms. The Main Hall, with more than 13,000 square feet, is a popular venue for tradeshows and exhibitions.

Out of the Ordinary:

With the growing trend to meet and socialize in unusual settings, meeting planning in Birmingham includes a good selection of these cool venues.

The buzz these days is all about WorkPlay, an entertainment complex on Birmingham’s Southside. WorkPlay combines space for film and recording work, along with wonderful play areas, all in four major spaces. Convention guests, of course, go there to play. The WorkPlay theater is one of the city’s premiere performance venues, with cabaret-style seating for up to 250 guests. The theater regularly hosts musical and theatrical performances, along with corporate parties and convention social functions.

The adjoining bar at WorkPlay, upscale but comfortable, has catering accommodations to accompany the cocktail service. Full production and event coordination is available with bookings.

Gabriella Manor, a Birmingham landmark built around 1938 in the Spanish Colonial Revival style, is now open to the public for parties and group entertainment for up to 500 people. Located in the Roebuck Springs Historic District, Gabriella Manor offers full professional service for special events of all sorts.

Old Car Heaven, located in Birmingham’s Historic Southside, is a delightful venue for meetings. With an astounding collection of rare vintage automobiles,  an exhibition area, concert stage and cocktail lounge, Old Car Heaven is an experience to remember.  This facility easily accommodates 1500 inside and thousands around outside stage.  Take a walk back time in this 90,000 sq. ft. showplace which displays a 1915 Packard with wooden spoked wheels.  Then marvel at the evolution that ends with the largest collection of Chrysler 300s known. 

Larger groups continue to enjoy the unusual social setting of Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark. The historic structure preserves a slice of Birmingham’s industrial heritage and has been converted for hosting social functions. The huge cast shed is a natural amphitheater and is often in use for dinners and entertainment, such as the well-received “Hot Barbequed Gospel” theme parties.

Birmingham’s McWane Science Center, where adventures in science delight and entertain, is regularly booked for social events for convention groups to eat, drink, meet, tour and play.

Smaller venues abound with places such as Harambe, a loft setting decorated throughout with original African art. And a hip new venue, the B&A Warehouse, in a historic district of such buildings, brings warehouse chic to the city.

For a Birmingham Meeting Planners Guide, call toll-free 800-458-8085 or visit the Convention and Visitors Bureau Web site at


Vickie Ashford
phone: 205-458-8000
Dilcy W. Hilley VP Marketing/Communications

205-458-8000 or