RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg Canada, Winnipeg

RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg

The RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg is a major meeting and convention facility located in downtown Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.

Originally named the Winnipeg Convention Centre, the publicly owned facility was built in 1975. The building, designed by Canadian architect Isadore (Issie) Coop, of the Number Ten Architectural Group, was among the first such facilities built in Canada. It has five levels including indoor parking for 560 vehicles, and three levels of various meeting trade show space totalling 260,000 square feet (24,000 m2). The main exhibit hall has 78,000 square feet (7,200 m2) of pillarless space.

Aside from trade shows and conventions, the Convention Centre has also been used as a sports venue and was home to the Winnipeg Cyclone basketball team from 1995 to 2001.

The convention centre is connected to the Winnipeg Walkway system via an above-ground walkway connection crossing St. Mary Avenue and Hargrave Street to Cityplace mall. The Walkway system also provides convenient access to the MTS Centre.

A $180-million expansion, completed between 2012 and 2015, roughly doubled the size of the facility, adding 131,000 square feet (12,200 m2) of exhibit space and underground parking. In July 2013, the facility was rebranded as the RBC Convention Centre Winnipeg after its naming rights were purchased by Royal Bank of Canada.