Sports Venue - The Palm Springs Convention Center (PSCC) springs into the spirit of sports with a robust roster of competitions nodding to cheerleading, gymnastics, wrestling, basketball, fencing and dancing.
On the heels of an extensive $32 million renovation and expansion completed in 2005, the 261,000-square-foot facility is within easy walking distance of 1,600 hotel rooms. Yet, it often finds athletic event organizers scratching their heads and wondering if this is a convention center with 410 guest rooms or a Renaissance Palm Springs Hotel with more than 180,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space. The PSCC and Renaissance often team up for a seamless experience just blocks from a newly revitalized downtown and historic Palm Canyon Drive, and a mere 1.5 miles from Palm Spring International Airport (PSP).
The PSCC also offers up to 92,000 square feet of fully carpeted event space, 15 meeting rooms and a 20,000-square-foot ballroom that can be configured into competition venues, media rooms, registration areas, warm-up spaces and concession areas. An 18,000-square-foot lobby with panoramic mountain views, 20,000-square-foot Event Lawn and adjacent Jackie Lee Houston Plaza enhance options for both indoor and outdoor events.
The Palm Springs Convention Center has been the host venue for a variety of sports and entertainment events such as WWE (World Wrestling Entertainment) LIVE, and the annual Dancing with the Desert Stars – A Benefit for the Desert AIDS Project, with eight local celebrities training with eight professional dancers for an evening of music, movement and magic.
Among other high profile events that will further vault the venue into gold medal status is the Palm Springs Gymnastics Cup Gymnastics Invitational – Elite Compulsory Qualifier held each January. Organized by Sports and Beyond, the Gymnastics Academy-hosted competition will feature 1,000 national female competitors from Xcel to Elite levels.
Every February, Spirit Sports' "Dual in the Desert" Cheerleading Championship takes the stage, with organizers bringing in over 270 teams from across the United States.
With a versatility trump card, the event space has taken it from balance beams and back handsprings to beat downs and ballroom dancing. PSCC's impressive resume includes:
• United States Fencing Association North American Cup Tournaments
• USA Gymnastics Acrobatic Gymnastics National Championship & Freedom Cup Competition
• Athletic Championships Annual Cheerleading Championship
• USA Weightlifting American Open Championship
• Sports & Beyond, Inc. Palm Springs Gymnastics Cup
• World Wrestling Entertainment WWE Monday Night Raw & SmackDown Live Events
• Move Productions National Dance Finals
• Showbiz Talent West Coast National Dance Finals
• Oasis Hall – 92,000+ square feet of column-free exhibit space accommodating up to 9,524 guests in theater style seating.
• Primrose Ballroom – 20,016 square feet of carpeted space comprised of four individual rooms that range from 2,825-6,337 square feet; total seating capacity of 1,668 theater style.
• Mesquite Rooms – Up to nine individual rooms ranging from 900-1,800 square feet; seating capacity of 68-155 each.
• Smoketree Rooms – Up to six individual breakout rooms that can combine for 4,680 square feet; total seating capacity of 55-325.