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Berglund Special Events Center

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Booking Information

To book an event or for additional booking information, please contact:
  • Cathy Ring for Convention Sales - Meetings / Banquets / Tradeshows at 540-853-6860 or via email
  • Robyn Schon for Sports & Live Entertainment at 540.853.6861 or via email
The Berglund Special Events Center is southwest Virginia's premier location for trade shows, conferences, meetings, and more!

About the Special Events Center

The Special Events Center opened in March 2007 and has rapidly become a popular destination for meeting planners and clients from as far away as Vancouver. With 46,000 square feet of exhibit space, it's just the right size for events that attract a few hundred to just over 5,000 attendees. The Special Events Center is a complement to the existing Coliseum, Exhibit Hall, and Performing Arts Theatre, providing additional space for larger shows and conventions.

Room Dimensions

  • 46,000 square feet total
  • 300-by-150 feet with 6 columns
  • Ceiling height is 32 feet

Pre-Function Area

Available as a lobby for guests entering the Center

Booth Space

  • 8-by-10 foot booths = 273 (booths without concessions = 281)
  • 10-by-10 foot booths = 229 (booths without concessions = 237)


  • 2 permanent concession stands
  • Portables also available for additional points of sale

Data & Electrical

  • Wireless internet available
  • Each floor box is equipped with electrical, phone, and data lines and 1 100 amp service
  • Public Address (PA) system - 2) floor jacks (1 on south end and 1 on north end)
  • Electronic message kiosk in pre-function area
  • Sound system may be patched into the Coliseum and Exhibit Hall
  • 5-disc CD changer available
  • 1 200 amp cam-lock service on the north end

Handicap Access

Elevator for wheelchairs is accessible through the Lobby in the Pre-Function Area

Load-In Area

  • 2 large load-in areas located on the north end (12-by-12 feet and 10-by-11 feet)
  • 2 large load-in areas located on the west end (both are 12-by-14 feet)(Interstate 581 side)


Overhead lighting with dimming capabilities


  • 2 permanent concession stands located on both the north and south walls
  • 2 ticket offices - 1 at the north entrance and 1 at the south entrance
  • 2 sets of men’s and women’s bathrooms in and near the Special Events Center,
  • 1 set of men’s and women’s bathrooms located in the Pre-Function Area located on the north wall
  • 3 show offices for use by clients
If needed information is not included, please contact our booking department at 540-853-6860 or email us.