TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTWO/WAWV) — As phases of construction progressed on the Terre Haute Convention Center, the building’s outside became more visible to nearby residents. However, one question remained; what’s on the inside?
At 43,000 square feet, the convention center’s main attraction will be the ballroom with a capacity of up to 900 people.
“Really the design is the result of all the stakeholders and how the community wants to use the building. Really have a versatile type building that will accommodate a number of different events,” Chief Operating Officer at Garmong Construction, Brian Kooistra said.
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Inside, the first evidence of the Larry Bird Museum and soon to be breakout rooms are taking shape.
Above all, Vigo County Commissioner Chris Switzer said the center aims to increase tourism.
“We’re looking at conventions that not only will keep people here for an hour or two, but we want keep people here for a few days. So, they can explore Terre Haute and around the county, “Switzer said. “We’re excited for this project,”
With construction not even completed, non-convention events have shown interest in using the facility, like weddings.
“It fills a need for a lot of local things. Local groups who want to have a meeting with everything they need. I think it’s going to meet every need for a community our size,” Switzer added.
Along a strip of businesses on Wabash Avenue is Scout’s Pizzeria. Owner, Scout Wrin is optimistic when construction is completed nearby businesses will see economic benefits.
“I’m very hopeful from what I’m seeing. I like what I see with the new growth, and the new investments downtown. I think it’s great for all businesses,” Wrin said.
Commissioner Switzer said an announcement regarding the center’s first convention will be announced in the coming days.