We’re celebrating our 25th Anniversary this year by taking a look back at the ways Bellevue has changed and the way Meydenbauer has grown since 1993. Today, Meydenbauer Center boasts a 54,000 square-foot facility, complete with a 410-seat performing arts theatre. Since opening in September 13, 1993 we’ve welcomed more than 4 million attendees and had revenues of more than $145 million. But numbers alone don’t capture the whole story. The convention center has proven to be a desirable place to work, an engine of the region’s economic growth, and a reflection of the community.
As an Employer
We employ more than 170 people in a wide range of positions from banquet servers and facility crews to administrative staff, including some 35% who have been there for more than five years, and some 9% who have more than 15-year tenures.
As an Engine of Growth
The cumulative economic impact of Meydenbauer Center over its 25 years has been almost $600 million. Because we are one of the few convention centers of our size to operate profitably, Bellevue has gained these benefits with little investment.
As a Reflection of the Community
We’ve always strived to mirror and support Bellevue, from its technology focus, to its varied cultural offerings, to its commitment to local charities. We’ve upgraded interior décor and technology offerings, elevated the catering and food options, and been the home to several premier cultural events and fundraisers that have raised more than $130 million since 1998.