‘From Zero to 60 and Beyond’ reflects on history and future of Las Vegas Convention Center

When the Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) was originally proposed, opponents feared it would be a white elephant in the desert. When it opened, it immediately became home to local civic and community events, and was booked by groups from across the globe for meetings and conventions. World leaders and a host of U.S. presidents have spoken in its halls. The LVCC was home to the one-and-only Las Vegas performance (two shows on one day) by The Beatles. Major trade shows such as CES and International Builders Show propelled Las Vegas to the forefront of convention destinations. The economic impact of the convention center is evident in the jobs it creates and sustains, as well as the millions of dollars it contributes to our economy that enhance our lifestyle in Southern Nevada. Today, the Las Vegas Convention and Visitors Authority is underway with an expansion and renovation with innovations that will take Las Vegas into the future.

In the photo exhibition From Zero to 60 and Beyond, the Las Vegas News Bureau celebrates the 60th anniversary of the Las Vegas Convention Center, looking back at the events that shaped its history and taking a peek at the innovation that will define its future. A project originally intended to fill hotel rooms between busy weekends, the LVCC catapulted Las Vegas from a vacation spot in the 1950s to a leading business destination, which today hosts 6.5 million convention attendees annually. With a major renovation and expansion underway rolling out over the next five years, this exhibition salutes the Southern Nevadans whose vision evolved Las Vegas into the vital community and worldwide meeting and travel destination it is today, and those whose leadership continues to fuel Las Vegas’ success into the future.

A timeline of significant events in the history of the LVCC over the years, from 1959 through 2019, the exhibition comprises approximately 30 photos that illustrate its impact as a gathering place for community events, the growth of Las Vegas as a meetings and conventions destination, and its evolution as leader in the meetings and convention industry today and in the years to come. The exhibition will run from May 1 through June 4, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily at the Clark County Government Center Rotunda, 500 S. Grand Central Parkway.  

For more on the history of the Las Vegas Convention Center, read “Decades of Dynamism: Reflecting on the Las Vegas Convention Center on its 60th anniversary.”




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