Editors of Convention South magazine, a national multi-media resource for meeting planners, have officially announced the ranking of the "101 Largest Expo Halls in the South" and SMG-managed Ford Park has made the list at #44! The listing is based on number of contiguous exhibition square footage. With the 48,000 square foot Exhibit Hall, the 11,000 square foot lobby and 34,000 square foot Arena, Ford Park totals 93,000 total floor space. Meeting planners and exhibitors have found that the facility offers the convenience and flexibility of hosting large and diverse events under one roof.


A sampling of the events held at Ford Park which benefitted from the combined space are United Cheer competition, Tae Kwon Do Nationals, Jehovah Witnesses State Convention, Industrial Training Summit, company picnics, CHRISTUS LiveWell Conference, The Peddler Show/Outdoor Expo, the National German Shepherd Dog Show and the Texas State Harley Owners Rally. Future events include the Southwest Liturgical Association Conference; Texas Association for Pupil Transportation Annual Conference and Equipment Meeting; and the United States Baton Twirling Association National Championship.


According to Ford Park General Manager, John Hughes, "Ford Park is proud to be the premiere Convention/Exhibition Center is Southeast Texas with the ability to host these National shows, conferences and conventions which bring thousands of attendees to the area, generating hotel room nights and hundreds of thousands of dollars in revenue for Beaumont."


For a complete listing of Convention South's Top 101 Expo Halls In The South, visit www.conventionsouth.com/custom/File/LargeExpoHallsRankingPressRelease.doc




Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Ford Park is strategically located on Interstate Highway 10 between Houston and Lake Charles and serves a market area of 1.5 million people with-in a one hour drive. Ford Park consists of the 14,000 seat Ford Pavilion, the 8,500 seat Ford Arena, the 48,000 sq. ft. Ford Exhibit Hall with 8 meeting rooms and a business center, Ford Midway with two covered barns & 9-acres of paved festival grounds, Ford Fields with 12 ball diamonds, a Regional Visitors Center, and several other privately developed and managed businesses complimentary to Ford Park. For additional information, visit www.fordpark.com. Ford Park is managed by SMG.


About SMG

Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Solider Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome.

For more information visit www.smgworld.com