Over the last few years, the Long Beach Convention Center has poured $60 million into renovations including revamped meeting rooms and the 45,000-square-foot Pacific Ballroom. Its latest projects include two new spaces for events: the Cove (pictured), a special event venue, and the Wave, an immersive pedestrian bridge. The Cove, which opened in July and is suited for pre-function receptions, concerts, and food-truck events, occupies the underpass area in front of the Seaside meeting rooms. The concrete walls and ceiling are adorned with five LED crystal chandeliers and light fixtures designed to look like barnacles, along with more than 110 LED lights that provide customizable lighting schemes. With a full street closure, the 50,000-square-foot space can hold as many as 5,500. Without closing the street, it holds 3,000. Above the Cove is the Wave, a 605-foot pedestrian bridge that provides a pathway from the convention center. Its design mimics a breaking wave, and it’s illuminated with thousands of customizable LED lights to provide a starry sky effect. The bridge’s landscaping is designed to create areas for networking and collaboration as guests pass between venues. The Wave will open later this summer.
Photo: The Long Beach Convention & Visitors Bureau