The Roland E. Powell Convention Center is now open to convention participants. The Visitor Center wing will remain closed. We thank you for visiting us and remind you to wear facial covering, social distance yourself from others, and follow other safety precautions.

Director's Monthly Update 

 The construction has begun and is moving along, according to schedule.  I’d like to share with you a couple new and exciting updates in that regard.  Due to the unexpected vacancy recently, some of the areas of construction are actually ahead of schedule.  One such project is converting the space that was previously Rooms 211 and 212 into restrooms.  This had been a much requested and now a welcomed enhancement, so that the occupants of the Ballroom do not have to walk so far for the restrooms.  In that same vicinity, Room 210 has been upgraded into a more formal meeting “suite”.  It is considerably larger, has upgraded and updated décor, and of course still has the beautiful view of the bay. 

 

On the lower level, the footers and foundation for the new Hall C are being placed and is well underway.  We still have a fenced off area designated for access to Halls A & B to maintain move-in and move-out, pending completion of our new loading dock. There is a 30’ X 44” section in the northwest corner of Hall B which had to be taken out, to become part of the entrance to Hall C.  Also, the northeastern corner of the alcove of Hall A had a 40’ X 20’ section cut out to allow for the new configuration of the load-in area.  This is part of the section typically used as backstage area. 

 

 We have worked with various authorities to develop a plan of safety protocol, which is attached.  This may help with some of your questions in that regard, and we’ve shared this information with some of the upcoming show promoters.  Though this may change prior to your event, it may help you with your current COVID safety planning. 

 

 We are optimistically proceeding with some events such as The Holiday Shopper’s Fair this month, cheerleaders in December, and more in January and February. As you may know, we have recently successfully hosted Jeep Week, Cruisin’, Home & Condo Show, Starpower Dance Competition, as well as a Volleyball Tournament.  All of these groups were able to work within the CDC guidelines, the Governor's Executive Orders, as well as the local health department.  The basic rules that include masks, distancing, 50% occupancy, etc. have thus far been successfully accomplished, while we still leave your operations plan at your discretion.   We will be happy to assist you with revising your floor plans, and I encourage you to begin that process.  Reatta Tate and her team are here to assist; feel free to contact her.  Her team has also been working with the Fire Marshal’s office regarding “safe attendance numbers”, and can reach out to them for additional guidance regarding your show. 

 

 We have educated our employees of the safety protocol, and Centerplate has done so as well.  We suggest you inform not only all your employees/volunteers, but perhaps post your COVID safety policy for all your exhibitors, as well as attendees, at your Registration/Check-in.  You are not required to submit tracing information; however, you should be able to backtrack (via your contact list of exhibitor/attendees) should there be an outbreak and/or exposure.  You should include in your COVID safety policy a statement that ensures that they acknowledge and confirm they have none of the COVID symptoms.

 

 This may sound overwhelming but each event seems easier as we become more familiar with all this. We feel confident that you can work within these guidelines to achieve a successful event.  We are here to help you get through this and look forward to hosting your event for years to come!  We thank you for your patience and diligence as we all try to move forward during these trying times.  Stay safe and healthy!

 

Warmest regards,

Larry Noccolino, Director


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Convention with a view.

Ocean City, Maryland’s Roland E. Powell Convention Center has it all. Whether you’re planning for a small conference or a large tradeshow, our meeting and event venue can easily accommodate your needs. We offer newly renovated rooms, gorgeous bayfront views and a beautiful bayfront promenade to handle your occasion.

And because you’re in Ocean City, you’ll always find something to do outside of the convention center. Enjoy 10 miles of free beach, our 3-mile boardwalk, 200+ restaurants, 17 championship golf courses and a huge variety of accommodations. Plus, we’re easy to get to — OC is within 5 hours of New York and Richmond and less than 3 hours from Baltimore, Washington D.C. and Philadelphia. If you’d rather fly, the Salisbury/Ocean City Regional Airport is just 30 minutes from OC.