Opened in 1957, the Miami Beach Convention Center has been the heart of Miami Beach for over fifty years. It served as the site where Cassius Clay (later known as Muhammad Ali) defeated Sonny Liston for his first Heavyweight Championship of the World in 1964. In 1968, the Miami Beach Convention Center hosted the Republican National Convention and more than 20,000 delegates; while in 1972, more than 45,000 delegates visited the facility during both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions.

The Miami Beach Convention Center has played host to a number of leading convention industry events, including the annual meetings of both the Professional Convention Management Association and the International Association for Exposition Management, as well as the Travel Industry Association’s Pow Wow. Major association users have included the Society for Neuroscience, International Association of Chiefs of Police, and others. The MBCC has also welcomed numerous important corporate users, including SAP, Sprint, Prudential Realty, and the inaugural Microsoft Global Briefing, a major sales and technology meeting of Microsoft employees worldwide.

Major annual trade shows here include the Jewelers International Showcase (three times annually) and the Seatrade Cruise Shipping Conference/Expo. The MBCC annual calendar also boasts some of the nation’s premiere public events, including America’s largest consumer show, the Miami International Boat Show, the South Florida International Auto Show, currently the third largest in the United States, and North America’s most important contemporary art fair, Art Basel Miami Beach.

The Miami Beach Convention Center is located in the heart of South Beach. Known throughout the world for its exciting nightlife and myriad of fine dining and hotel accommodations, Miami Beach will present a visitor experience like no other destination. Whether it’s enjoying the party atmosphere of Ocean Drive, the amazing nightclubs of Washington Avenue, or trying to decide among Lincoln Road’s vast selection of fine restaurants, you’ll never be wanting for excitement in our tropical paradise.

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Miri. AsburgoRe 07/02/2018
In 1955, the City of Miami Beach proposed building an exhibition hall to increase commerce along with its budding tourism. Located centrally within South Beach, the venue began construction in August 1956. At this time, the proposed name of the venue was the "Miami BBQ Beach Exhibition Hall". After two years of building, the center was completed in September 1958 and officially opened October 1958. Known as the "Miami Beach Exhibition Hall", the venue was over 100,000 sqft, giving it the tagline of "The Largest Exhibition Center in the South". Alongside the exhibit hall was the Miami Beach Municipal Auditorium, a now-historic venue that hosted The Jackie Gleason Show. In 1967, the center was expanded to include the Convention Hall, built specifically for the Democratic and Republican conventions. It also served as a sports arena until the 1980s. In August 1961, the Convention Center was the meeting place for a youth convention set up by the American Lutheran Church. Among the notable speakers was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.[2] From 1960 to 1971, and again in 1997, the center was the site of the Miss Universe pageant. It also hosted a 1961 Billy Graham Crusade and hosted the 1968 Republican National Convention, 1972 Republican National Convention, and the 1972 Democratic National Convention. In 1989, the facility underwent a $92 million renovation and doubled in size. In the last six years, the facility has had over $35 million in continuing upgrades, including complete renovations of all restrooms, full carpet replacement, and installation of a state-of-the-art telecommunications and networking infrastructure.
Kyle Hooten 03/02/2018
I was here for Art Basel both before and after the renovations. The renovations were not drastic but did benefit my experience and better facilitated the large crowds. Bathrooms were well maintained. Any amd all staff were friendly and helpful making the experience all the better.
Luba B 24/12/2017
The event space itself is very nice but the parking is very crowded and expensive. There is street parking available a walk away and if you get there at a good time. Traffic is also pretty bad here both during events and during the rush hour. This is very Art Basel is held. Security is pretty intense for the event.
OyOy Antoine 21/12/2017
It is under a multi-year renovation. This ties up the roads around the Convention Center, and of course the facility itself is only occasionally open. It was opened exceptionally for Art Basel this Dec 2018, and the improvements in the venue are already emerging. The MB Convention Center is - contrary to most tourists thoughts - the economic heart to the economy in South Beach. An event at the MBCC benefits all the hotels, restaurants, and other hospitality and service businesses in town. South Beach runs principally on hospitality. The Art Basel opening was smooth, the glimpse at what is to come at the MBCC is very promising.
Jason Pelish 12/12/2017
Not bad. I thought I had never been to Art Basel, but once I walked in I remembered how I visited it when I worked down there. This convention center gets the best shows on the planet.