WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW:
SUBSCRIBE TO MAGAZINE
Topics Magazine Find It EXHIBITORLIVE eTrak FastTrak Certification Awards News Advertise
Topics
Events
& Venues
Event
Marketing
Venues & 
Convention Centers
Corporate
Event Awards
Road
Shows
Virtual
Events
Case
Studies
venues
Main photo: Kentucky Exposition Center; where to sleep: SpringHill Suites Louisville Airport
Conventional Wisdom
Kentucky Exposition Center
From the Kentucky Bourbon Trail to The Colonel, Louisville, KY, is the birthplace of some of America's greatest indulgences. It's also the home of the Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC), which boasts 1.3 million square feet of flexible exhibit space and 300 acres of outdoor function space. The KEC is located about a mile from Louisville International Airport, making it easy for attendees to come and go. Home to the Mid-America Trucking Show and the Kentucky State Fair, the KEC is essentially a blank slate that can accommodate all types of trade shows and events. What's more, the venue is less than 10 minutes from downtown Louisville and its award-winning culinary scene.


WHERE TO SLEEP
There are 2,000 hotel rooms within walking distance of the KEC, including a host of budget-friendly options such as the Crowne Plaza Louisville Airport Expo Center, Courtyard Louisville Airport, and Springhill Suites Louisville Airport. The KEC has five entry gates, with hotels positioned in close proximity to each of them.

WHAT TO EAT
There are some places to grab a bite near the KEC, but the best bet is to go downtown. A top spot for VIP entertaining and private dining, 610 Magnolia in Old Louisville offers prix fixe four- and six-course tasting menus that change weekly. More casual dining options include Harvest, Feast BBQ, and Mojito Tapas Restaurant.

HOW TO GET THERE
The KEC is next to the Louisville International Airport (SDF), from which Uber can pick up and drop off at the airport's lower level. Rides average $10 for UberX and start at $12 for UberXL. To get downtown from the KEC, take the Transit Authority of River City (www.ridetarc.org) train, though it takes far less time to travel by car. There is plenty of parking at the KEC, with 19,000 spots and a daily rate of $8.


Smart City is the exclusive provider of audiovisual equipment rentals, internet connectivity, telecommunications, and networking services at the KEC.

Levy Restaurants is the KEC's exclusive caterer. Outside food and beverage are not allowed in event spaces.

Exhibitors planning to sell products on the show floor can use complimentary credit-card processors that are provided by the venue.

Hanging signs and displays must be attached to structural steel and cannot be attached to pipes, HVAC ductwork, water lines, etc. Such items will be removed at the exhibitor's expense.

Exhibit items cannot be transported from level to level using passenger elevators or escalators.

Vehicles can be displayed on the show floor, providing their batteries are disconnected and gas tanks locked or taped.

The KEC prohibits tipping of venue staff.

Exhibitry and materials weighing less than 50 pounds and measuring less than 28 inches wide can be transported via two-wheel dollies and through lobby pedestrian doors. All other freight must be loaded/unloaded through the loading docks.
Share this article:
 
you might also like

courses
FIND IT - MARKETPLACE
Standoffs
Gyford StandOff SystemsŪ
Audiovisual Production
Freeman
Exhibit Producers
Ion Exhibits
Rental
ProExhibits
>> More Products
 
Join the EXHIBITOR Community Search the Site
TOPICS
Measurement & Budgeting
Planning & Execution
Marketing & Promotion
Events & Venues
Personal & Career
Exhibits & Experiences
International Exhibiting
Resources for Rookies
Research & Resources
MAGAZINE
Subscribe Today!
Renew Subscription
Update Address
Newsletters
Advertise
FIND IT
Exhibit & Display Producers
Products & Services
Supplier to Supplier
All Companies
Compare
Jobs
Get Listed
EXHIBITORLIVE
Sessions
Certification
Exhibit Hall
Exhibit at the Show
Registration
ETRAK
Sessions
Certification
F.A.Q.
Registration
FASTTRAK
Locations
Certification
Registration
CERTIFICATION
The Program
Steps to Certification
Faculty and Staff
Enroll in CTSM
Submit Quiz Answers
My CTSM
AWARDS
Sizzle Awards
All-Star Awards
Exhibit Design Awards
Portable/Modular Awards
Corporate Event Awards
NEWS
Associations/Press
Awards
Company News
International
New Products
People
Shows & Events
Venues & Destinations
EXHIBITOR News
© Exhibitor Media Group | The Leader in Trade Show and Corporate Event Marketing Education 310 South Broadway, Suite 101, Rochester, MN 55904 | (507) 289-6556 | Need Help? Ask Scott