Why the GICC’s Ballroom is A Perfect Fit for Any Event

Did you know the Georgia International Convention Center has the second largest ballroom in Georgia? From weddings, receptions, to conventions – we've got you covered. Our International Ballroom covers 40,000 square feet of our facility!

The International Ballroom is divisible into eight salons, which is great for various meetings or functions occurring at the same time. For weddings, the ballroom can be divided up for the ceremony and reception so guests don’t have to worry about transferring to a different venue. If you’re planning a conference, just tell us how many divisions you need so you can run sessions simultaneously!

But that’s not all. If you need a breather, the East Ballroom – pre-function space is great to keep guests entertained while getting the ballroom ready! The pre-function space covers more than 42,000 square feet around the ballroom on three sides. This is a great place for a reception, registration or networking!

Can’t stop by the GICC to see it for yourself? Check out our 360° Virtual Tour online to get a better idea of how the International Ballroom and our pre-function space are great places for your upcoming event!

Have questions? Tweet us at @TheGICC!

The Art of Meetings at the GICC

If you’ve been to the Georgia International Convention Center (the GICC) or follow us on social media you should know that this is one convention center with some serious style. The GICC is renowned for its bold architecture and contemporary design, but did you know that the flair also extends into the GICC’s interior? Our halls are stocked with commissioned artworks by over 35 local and internationally known artists. You can now add “art gallery” to the list of our many

Take a peek at what hangs on our walls:

“Boardgame in Flight” by Brad Howe is a nod to the GICC’s close proximity to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta Airport. The 3D sculpture evokes the theme of flying over Earth with its rounded color blocks and directional figures. Howe, an American sculptor from California, has had his work showcased in galleries all over the world. We’d like to think his best work is here with us.

“Night and Day” by the late artist David Jansheski is inspired by College Park’s architecture and Charles Lindbergh’s famous flight into the area. He cites local sites and poetic elements as the inspiration behind the silk screen layered piece.

“Inquisitive Traveler” by California artist, Bob Stimmel, is another one of many GICC pieces that honor the flight and transportation. Stimmel used steel, copper, aluminum, various woods, and acrylic to put together this beautiful sculpture. Maybe the most interesting element of this work is the colors used. Atlanta corporations Delta, Georgia-Pacific, UPS, Home Depot, Coca-Cola, and Chick-fil-A all have their brand colors represented.

“Cityscape” by Jian Wang is one of the most memorable pieces of GICC artwork. The oil painting is a depiction of the city of College Park. In the foreground, College Park City Hall and Woodward Academy stand out as notable landmarks. The bright background shows the iconic Downtown and Midtown Atlanta skylines reaching into a bright morning sky.

For more of the GICC’s artwork and looks at how our meeting and event spaces transform for elaborate affairs, follow us on Instagram at @TheGICC!

Is the GICC the Most Accessible Convention Center?

We think the Georgia International Convention Center might just be the most accessible convention center – ever. By plane, train or automobile, keep reading to figure out what makes it so easy to meet at the GICC.

We’re the only convention center connected to a major airport. 80% of the U.S. population is within a 2-hour flight to Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International
Airport! When you land, you’re practically here. In just a few minutes, you’ll be from runway to registration and ready to get on with your meeting.

We’re connected by rail.
The ATL SkyTrain extends from Hartsfield-Jackson Airport to the Georgia International Convention Center, to the Rental Car Center. Easy + breezy! No reason to worry about getting lost or stuck in traffic. Just hop on and within a 5-minute ride, you’ll be cruising into your morning meeting. Learn more here.

MARTA is our local transit train that can take you up through downtown Atlanta and its neighborhoods. The ATL SkyTrain can take you from our campus to the airport, where you can connect to MARTA line of your choice without sitting in traffic. Additional information, includingmaps and train times, can be found on the MARTA website.

We’re at the juncture of two major interstates.
Connecting us to multiple states in the region, I-85 and I-75 are just a stoplight away. Spanningupward through North Carolina and downward through Alabama, just follow the highway until you see the signs for our venue!

More information about traveling to the GICC venue can be found on our website.

How to Make Your Meeting Flow at the GICC

What is the best thing about the GICC?

Trick question! There are lots of things that make our venue great, starting with the fact we are the only convention center connected to a major airport.
Not to mention the GICC is the second largest convention center in Georgia, totaling to 400,000 square feet with three convention hotels onsite!
In other words, there is plenty of space at the GICC for your next event!

The Breakdown
We have three divisions to select from: the exhibit halls, the ballroom and the meeting rooms. There are four exhibit halls with same square footages and pre-function spaces. Our ballroom has three lobby areas and eight salons that can be joined or separated. The meeting rooms are comprised of six suites with the same square footage and three different boardrooms with two different square footages.

The Point
The GICC can be used for many events and for different phases during events. You can set up the venue according to how many sessions you have for a conference. If you’re hosting an exhibition, reception or networking, you can use the lobby for break and refreshment stations.

You can even divide up the venue space to use part of it for the day-time activities and the other spaces for the night-time events. This way you do not have to worry about guests having to wait while setting up.

The Choice
There are countless ways your event can be set up at our spacious venue. Check out the Planners section of our website for more information. Need ideas and inspiration?

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