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New York State Office of General Services - Convention and Cultural Events - Book an Event
Visiting The Empire State Plaza
Book An Event At The Convention Center

The Empire State Plaza Convention Center is here to assist you in the planning and presentation of your next special occasion. Your coordinator will provide professional, personal attention to every detail and ensure the success of your event.

The flexible Convention Center space can accommodate groups from 10 to 10,000. It is ideally situated to enjoy the unique amenities of the government seat of New York. Visitors can enjoy touring the Plaza and its Memorials, the Capitol Building, Executive Mansion, the Plaza Art Collection and the New York State Museum. Furthermore, just a short walk away, you’ll find world-class museums, unique galleries, stunning architecture, gourmet restaurants, and all the welcoming accommodations of the capital city.

For your next event, take advantage of the excitement Albany has to offer and the versatile facility that will service all of your needs – the Empire State Plaza Convention Center.

Available Rental Space
Main Facility
Convention Hall
Main Stage
Elevator / Center Stage

Meeting Rooms
Rooms 1-5
Room 6
Room 7

Additional Space
Pre-Function Exhibit Space
Corning Tower - Plaza Level
Corning Tower - Observation Deck

Additional Information
Convention Hall
  • Free span space renovated in 1999 measuring 176’ (NS) x 147 (EW)
  • Center dance floor measures 82’ x 64’, with a ceiling height of 18’3”; surrounded by three U-shaped carpeted tiers and the Main Stage
  • 2,418 occupancy theater-style
  • 1,768 occupancy banquet seating
  • 1,000 occupancy classroom style
  • Space for 135, 8’ x 10’ exhibit booths
  • New state-of-the-art lighting and sound systems
  • Clear Com intercom system
  • Fiber optic and telephone network with central patch site connected to outside lines
  • Expert technical staff to provide experienced lighting and sound consultation and operation for all events
  • Backstage dressing rooms which include two private, carpeted rooms with individual makeup and shower facilities; and two additional rooms for 10 to 20 persons, each with makeup facilities and four showers
  • Handicap accessibility through ramps with automatic doors and lifts situated to provide entry to each tier
Main Stage
  • 102’ wide x 24’ deep with an additional 9’ apron projecting beyond the proscenium opening
  • Center stage opening is 55’ wide with a 17’ opening at each side separated from the center stage proscenium opening by 3’ wide columns
  • Clear stage height is 14’
  • Stage right measures approximately 44’ x 17’; stage left 28’ x 8’
  • Motor-operated house curtain
Elevator / Center Stage
  • 24’ square elevator located in the middle of the dance floor
  • Access to the Convention Hall from the street level area for easy load-in
  • Six levels exist from the loading dock to 4’8” above the dance floor
Meeting Rooms 1 - 5
  • Five adjacent meeting rooms, each 1,600 square feet, accommodate 150 people auditorium style, 90 classroom style, 100 for banquet seating, and fifty 8’x 10’ booths
  • Each room is carpeted and has a separate entrance and exit
  • Master control panel located in the rear of each room controls sound, lighting and motorized projection screen
  • Microphone inputs located around the perimeter of each room with mixer control
  • Rooms 2, 3 and 4 may be combined into one room with one master control panel
Meeting Room 6
  • Meeting Room 6 accommodates 450 persons auditorium style, 300 classroom style, 300 for banquet seating, and thirty 8’ x 10’ booths
  • Elevated stage with motorized front curtain and manual cyclorama curtain, two small dressing rooms with lavatories
Meeting Room 7
  • This premier room within the Convention Center is beautifully appointed with wood paneling and chandeliers. It is perfect for a small reception of 125 guests or a sit-down luncheon or dinner for 80
Pre-Function Exhibit Space
  • The base of the Egg, a large circular lobby just outside the Convention Hall, can accommodate over 1,000 people for a reception and forty 8’ x 10’ exhibit booths
  • The concourse is the indoor “main street” of the Empire State Plaza, extending from the Capitol to the New York State Museum. It contains shops, restaurants, banks, a post office and other convenient services for thousands of state employees Plaza visitors on a daily basis. Combined with gallery space extending off the concourse, 123, 8’ x 10’ exhibit booths can be accommodated
Corning Tower - Plaza Level
  • The Plaza Level of the Corning Tower offers an elegant setting for receptions for 80, or seated dining for 40. Guests can enjoy the architectural splendor of the Empire State Plaza through surrounding floor-to-ceiling glass windows
Corning Tower - Observation Deck
  • The enclosed Observation Deck of the Corning Tower provides panoramic views of Albany, the Hudson River and surrounding valley, and the Adirondack, Berkshire and Catskill Mountains. This fabulous setting on the 42nd floor of the tallest building in upstate New York accommodates 200 persons for receptions and 100 for seated dining
Tour the Observation Deck
Additional Information