As part of a $40 million renovation, Long Beach Convention & Entertainment Center enhanced its Long Beach Arena, including the Pacific Ballroom, which opened in November. The 45,000-square-foot ballroom is created by using the existing floor space of the arena and lowering electronically operated curtains from the ceiling to conceal the upper-deck seating areas. Over the ballroom, a suspended steel tension grid supports LED and stage lighting, sound systems, and decorative elements. It’s the largest grid of its type in the country, and can be raised and lowered to adjust the height of the ceiling, providing an intimate environment for events of as many as 3,000. With the curtains and grid raised, the arena holds 13,000.
Photo: Courtesy of Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau