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Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center

Overview

The Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center, a unique venue that offers unconventional beauty in a setting of grand historic architecture with abundant logistical advantages and first class service. The building is the only southern railroad station in the nation that has been converted into a state-of-the-art convention center. With 265,000 square feet of space, the Prime F. Osborn III Convention Center is large enough and versatile enough to accommodate gatherings of virtually any size.

Spacious pre-function and public areas with windows of natural light are refreshing during coffee breaks yet intimate and engaging for networking and social interaction. The Center features 78,000 square feet of exhibit space divisible into two separate halls with 33 foot ceilings. Designed for multiple room set options, there are 22 meeting rooms of combined space to accommodate various meeting requirements. The Grand Lobby, the most prized jewel, boasting 75 foot ceilings and exquisite walls of marble is an event space where you can entertain your most important clients or host the most glamorous black tie events all while overlooking the grand fountain and expansive terminal columns.

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Facilities

Exhibition Area (sq ft)
265,000
Exhibition Hall
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Largest Ballroom (sq ft)
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Ballroom (seating)
5,600
Hotels (rooms)
NA
Largest Meeting Space (sq ft)
NA
Meeting (rooms)
23
Meeting Space (sq ft)
78,000
Catering
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Open Outdoor Area (sq ft)
NA
Dining (seating)
NA
Auditorium (seating)
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Floor Plan


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Press Releases

May 20, 2016

SMG is proud to announce: CASTING CROWNS

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SMG is proud to announce: CASTING CROWNS

Ashville, TN (May 20, 2016) – Multi-platinum selling and GRAMMY® winning group Casting Crowns announces the release of its new studio album, The Very Next Thing, on September 16, 2016 (Beach Street/Reunion). This marks the group’s 15th release and eighth studio album since the label debut release in 2003. With more than nine million records sold, the band currently holds the position as Billboard’s top-selling act in Christian music since 2007.

Casting Crowns will be at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena on November 3, 2016. Tickets go on sale Friday, August 12 at 10:00 a.m. at the Tom Bush Family of Dealerships Box Office located at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, all Ticketmaster outlets, charge by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.ticketmaster.com.

Casting Crowns began in, serves in and continues to be rooted in the local church. It is at the local level that they are walking along with people in ministry and where the inspiration for albums are formed.

“Because we have the honor of walking with people in our churches, we get to see what people are going through – the issues that are impacting everyone now,” shares front man Mark Hall. “It is in these situations that ideas are born for what we all need to hear right here right now.”

The Very Next Thing is full of intimate songs as well as upbeat, fresh sounding tracks that will meet the listener with lyrics that impact with a strong message song after song.

Hall shares the inspiration behind the new album and title. “We are all in different stages of ‘next.’ There’s a next step from where you are right now. We all feel like there’s a stage that we have to reach to move on to what is next – but God has you right here right now for your ‘next,’ and all of these songs touch on that idea.”

Supporting the upcoming release, the group will be hitting the road this fall for “The Very Next Thing” tour presented by Compassion International and Museum of the Bible. The 39 city tour will feature label mate Matt Maher and special guest newcomer Hannah Kerr. Casting Crowns continues to impact fans with their powerful lyrics and live show as they have performed for more than six million fans. In addition more than 85,000 child sponsorships have resulted through Casting Crowns live shows.

Aug 4, 2015

Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Awarded Top Ranking by Venues Today Magazine

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Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena – Awarded Top Ranking by Venues Today Magazine

Jacksonville, FL (August 4, 2015) Following a record number of events and ticket sales for the first half of 2015 at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena, Venues Today magazine ranked Jacksonville’s venue first in the United States in both attendance and gross ticket sales of venues with 10,001-15,000 seats. Additionally, the ranking places the arena third in the world by attendance and sixth in the world by ticket sales gross in the same size category.

2015 has continued the Arena’s solid run of world-class sports, entertainment and cultural events, solidified by the NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament second & third rounds in March.  In addition to hosting reoccurring sporting events for the Jacksonville Sharks and Giants Basketball, other notable bookings for the first half of 2015 included Elton John, two Kevin Hart shows, WinterJam, The Who, Journey & Steve Miller Band, Nitro Circus Live, Profession Bull Riding, Bill Gaither Homecoming, Circus, WWE, Disney on Ice, Bill Graham Crusade, Harlem Globetrotters, Jehovah’s Witnesses conferences and more.

Looking ahead, the second half of 2015 brings Tim McGraw to the Arena on August 20, followed by Luke Bryan, Def Leppard featuring Foreigner, NBA in JAX – Atlanta Hawks vs. New Orleans Pelicans, Chris Tomlin, Jason Aldean, Festival of Praise, TobyMac, SEC/AAC Women’s Basketball Challenge and much more.

“The Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena continues to deliver results as a premier destination for sports, entertainment and special events,” said Mayor Lenny Curry. “The Veterans Memorial Arena is an important community asset and we are proud of its success and more importantly its bright future.”

This new ranking comes on the heels of the annual attendance record that was set at the Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena in 2014. That year, the Arena surpassed 2004’s inaugural year total of 518,000 with a record setting attendance of over 550,000.  The 2016 slate promises to be strong as well, with Janet Jackson in March and Feld Entertainment’s Marvel Universe Live (April) already on sale.

“The recent Venues Today mid-year report further validates the energy and momentum that is building here in Jacksonville around entertainment and sports,” said Bill McConnell, general manager for SMG Jacksonville. “As the City of Jacksonville’s partner tasked with maximum utilization of public access facilities, we work hard every day to ensure diverse entertainment offerings. Jacksonville continues to validate itself as a viable entertainment market and SMG is energized to work with Mayor Curry and his staff as an integral part of the City of Jacksonville’s vision of ensuring a vibrant downtown. We look forward to a strong finish to 2015!”

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Tel: 904-630-4000

EVENT PLANNERS

Valerie  Glanton

Tel : 904-633-6120

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EXHIBITORS

Liz  McDonald

Tel : 904-633-6191

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Will  Hanzel

Tel : 904-633-6104