7 Things to Know About Santa Clara Convention Center

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Convention Center

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Built in 1986, the Santa Clara Convention Center is among the extensive conference and meeting facilities. The Center is located in the State of California, in Northern Santa Clara.

As a flexible facility that holds a variety of events from tradeshows, conventions to social events such as weddings, it also offers planning of activities for you.

Apart from having a vast space of 302,000 sq. ft., it is also complemented with sophisticated facilities that are made available for use by the event designer.

1. Location

Santa Clara Covention Center

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The Center is in a prime location just at the heart of Silicon Valley and is established in the same complex with the Santa Clara TechMart Conference Center and the Hyatt Regency Santa Clara Hotel. Within its proximity is California’s Great America amusement park. Its convenient central location makes it easily accessible by train, road and air.

Adjacent to SCCC is the VTA Great America light rail station and a few miles away are three different airports in prominent Northern California locations. The airports include San Jose, San Francisco, and Oakland International Airports. From the airports, you can then use the available public transport system for smoother commuting to and fro the Center.

If you have to use private means to get to the Center, then there’s ample parking space provided by the 1500 on-site parking space.  This space is shared with the TechMart and Hyatt Regency Hotel. Additional parking may be found at the surrounding lots for the not so lucky.


  • Name: Santa Clara Convention Center
  • Address: 5001 Great America Pkwy, Santa Clara, CA 95054
  • Phone: +1 408-748-7000
  • Website: http://santaclaraconventioncenter.org/

2. Events

Convention Center

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In light of its massive space, you might be tempted to think that the Center is only suited for holding big events. That’s not true. The floor plan has been segmented into rooms of different sizes so as to meet your needs as well as the next person. The rooms can accommodate small occasions from small business meetings, lavish banquets to sizable theaters for a business presentation.

This opening is not only for business related events but also social events like weddings and galas. They do not stop at this because they also offer planning of events services. All you’ve got to do is to tell them what you have in mind, and they will make it a reality for you.

They also have a large column-free slot for display which can be used to hold bigger trade shows or conventions.

3. Catering Services

The Center has a team whose specific purpose is to provide meals; that is ARAMARK. They prepare a variety of meals, both international and local dishes.

Are you out for an adventure, and you want to try something new? You are in the right place. If you are away from home and you want to feel at home, away from home; they will offer you with the option of a sumptuous International dish.

These services are also open to the event organizers and their guests. This reduces the tedious work of holding an event and having meals at two different places which may also prove costly.

The meal option is not limited to just their catering team as there are other hotels nearby if you want a stretch of your legs.

4. Perks of Holding an Event at SCCC

This is the part you don’t want to miss out. Planning of events doesn’t end with booking a room for use. A combined team is formulated by the Center to attend to the needs of the Event Planner. They form a consulting team that works hand in hand to ensure the success of your event.

The Center also partners with various service providers to warrant a steady flow of programs.  Advertising, electrical, presentation and telecommunication services are among the few but necessary services that are catered for by these providers.

All that is left is for the attendees to turn up and let the event commence.

5. Mission City Ballroom

Mission City ballroom

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As the newest expansion to the Santa Clara Convention Center, it is the second largest in floor space among the exhibition venues of the Center. It measures 22,400 sq. Ft. and can be arranged in several dispositions to meet your specifications.

The Ballroom is complemented with skylights and a wall of glass for lighting and providing the guests with a breathtaking view. Adjacent is a kitchen which simplifies service and makes it timely. No one wants disgruntled guests, do you?

It can also be used as a banquet, classroom, theater or an exhibit room depending on your wish.


  • Name: Mission City Ballroom
  • Size: 22,400 sq. feet
  • Expanded: 2009
  • Theater: 3199 seats
  • Banquet: 1493 seats
  • Classroom: 1119 seats
  • Exhibit Booths: 111

6. Going Green

The Santa Clara Convention Center is one of the climate-friendly structures in the United States of America. It has allied with other agencies to not only purchase but use ‘clean energy’. This initiative helps reduce the level of toxins released into the environment when industries discharge carbon dioxide.

ARAMARK, their catering team, has also joined in the initiative by introducing green to the selection provided to event planners.

Recyclables such as paper, aluminum and glass are reprocessed and sold for use.

7. Awards Received

Santa Clara Convention Center

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The Center boasts some awards won from the year 2003 up to date including “2010 Inner Circle Award Winner – Association Meetings” and “2003 Planner’s Choice Award” just to mention a few. It has won several prizes and a certificate due to their Going Green initiative. The SCCC has also been named the ‘Best Event Venue’ and awarded for Fineness in Meeting Places and Event.

For the best services and unforgettable event planning, the Santa Clara Convention Center should be among the top in your list. Their effort and service provision have been scrutinized and acclaimed. These awards should give you the confidence to partake of their servicing. Go have the time of your life.

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