Fresno Convention Center
The Fresno Convention Center was opened in October of 1966. The success of the complex was greater than ever expected by even the most optimistic supporters. It was the last word in functional efficiency for cultural, social and convention use in the Central Valley area.
Originally the complex consisted of three separate buildings that sat under one roof line and were separated by 90 foot mallways. The three entities consisted of the William Saroyan Theatre, a 32,000 square foot exhibit hall with 12 meeting rooms and the Selland Arena which seated 6,500.
The complex now spans over five city blocks and boasts five separate facilities. The expansion of Selland Arena in 1981 brought a seating capacity of 11,300. The exhibit hall was renamed Exhibit Hall South in December 1999 upon the completion of the new 77,000 square foot exhibit hall which encompasses 25 meeting rooms in addition to housing the Center's administration and operation divisions.