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Plan Your Event at the Convention Center


Thank you for considering the Empire State Plaza Convention Center as your meeting space. Our experienced staff is here to assist you in the planning and presentation of your next special occasion. A coordinator is assigned to each event to provide professional, personal attention to every detail and ensure the success of your event.

The Convention Center’s flexible space easily accommodates groups from 10 to 10,000. Ideally situated at the heart of the Empire State Plaza, visitors can enjoy the unique amenities of the government seat of New York State, including touring the Capitol, the Plaza Art Collection, Memorials at the Plaza, and the New York State Museum. Just a short walk away from the Plaza you’ll find world-class museums, unique galleries, stunning architecture, gourmet restaurants, and welcoming hotel accommodations.

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

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The Empire State Plaza Convention Center provides over 50,000 square feet of versatile space for conferences, conventions, meetings, consumer shows, special events and functions of all sizes and variety.

Our team looks forward to working with you to plan and develop your event from start to finish. Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions. We’re happy to assist.

Please take a moment to review the following important details for planning and holding your event at the Empire State Plaza Convention Center:

Event Policies & Procedures

Available Space  

Room Capacity
Convention Hall
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  • Theatre-style: 2,400
  • Round table banquet seating: 1,110
  • Rectangular table seating: 1,750
  • Classroom-style seating: 952
  • 8' x 10' exhibit booths: 135
Meeting Rooms 1-5
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  • Auditorium-style: 150
  • Classroom-style: 90
  • Banquet-style: 80
  • 8'x 10' exhibit booths: 50
Meeting Room 6
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  • Theatre-style: 400
  • Classroom-style: 250
  • Banquet-style: 250
  • 8' x 10' exhibit booths: 29
Meeting Room 7
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  • Sit-down banquet seating for 70 persons
  • Classroom-style seating for 75 persons
Prefunction Exhibit Space
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  • Base of the Egg
    • Reception: 1000
    • 8' x 10' exhibit booths: 40

  • Northeast Gallery
    • 8' x 10' exhibit booths: 123

  • Concourse
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 170 persons for receptions and 60 for seated dining.

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Our team looks forward to working with you to discuss the best options for all your event needs. To assist in the planning of your event, please provide us with your information by filling out this form:

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Impeccable full-service catering services customized to meet your event needs, exclusively provided by two of the area’s premier food purveyors:

Au Bon Pain
Empire State Plaza
Monday - Friday
Catering Sales Manager: Heidi Greenburg
Tel: (617) 470-1251
ESP General Manager: Art Cornell
Tel: (518) 434-0427
Toll-Free: 1-800-765-4227
Catering Menu

Mazzone Hospitality
Empire State Plaza
Monday - Friday
Catering Sales
Tel: (518) 463-0568
Catering Menu

The onsite caterers have exclusive rights to catered events in the Convention Center’s Main Hall, meeting rooms, Base of The Egg, and Corning Tower Observation Deck.

Preferred Vendors  

At the Empire State Plaza Convention Center, we have worked with some of the industry’s leading providers of meetings and event services.

The Preferred Vendor List is provided a convenience for the patrons of the Plaza Convention Center and does not necessarily constitute or imply the favoring, endorsement or recommendation. All members of the Preferred Vendor List are separate entities and therefore the individual vendors will guarantee and warranty any products and services they offer based on their service policies.

The following are vendors we have worked with and who are familiar with our facility:

Décor Service Providers

Clifton Park Rental Center

Total Events


Adirondack Area Network
Webcast | Videoconferencing

CMI Communications
Event Staging & Production | Webcasting | A/V Equipment

New York State Media Services Center

Total Webcasting

Technical Video Inc.
Event Staging & Production | Webcasting | A/V Equipment

Viking Video Technologies
Webcasting | Videoconferencing

Other Event Venues & Resources  

Convention Home

Contact the convention center


Convention and Cultural
Events Office
Empire State Plaza Concourse
Room 120
Albany, NY 12242
Phone: 518-474-2023
Fax: 518-473-0558