Conveniently located in the South of Market area of San Francisco, the Moscone Center is the top choice for San Francisco exhibitions like Oracle OpenWorld, Macworld Expo, and even the 1984 Democratic National Convention. It is in close proximity to numerous hotels, restaurants, and public transportation options like Muni Metro, BART, and an Amtrak bus stop. There are three separate buildings offering ample space for your trade show booth providing a grand total of 1,346,000 square-feet of building area.
Moscone Center South gives you 260,560 square-feet of exhibit space that has the ability to be separated into three different sections and 41 meeting rooms, providing just the right amount of space to suit anyone’s needs. The Esplanade Ballroom is designed for meetings or banquets. One area measures 42,750 square-feet of space that can be divided into ten sections, or choose room 300 for 2,870 square feet of meeting space. Moscone Center North allows you to show off your amazing custom trade show booth design in 181,400 square feet of exhibit space divided into two separate halls, or conduct a meeting in one of their 17 meeting rooms.
The Moscone Center prides itself on its sustainable practices. The catering company exclusive to the Moscone Center, SAVOR, operates a food-composting program and has been serving only compostable products since 2008. SAVOR also donates anything extra, whether boxed lunches or produce, to various nonprofit organizations within San Francisco. SAVOR not only gives back to the community – they also provide amazing food right there at the Moscone Center. Thinking of including a popcorn machine or coffee maker in your booth? They do that, too! They’re even available to manufacture your own branded bags or cups to show off your company logo.
When Moscone West was constructed in 2003, it was designed with certain green features. The glass is coated with a high-performance glaze that takes advantage of natural light while still keeping things cool indoors. All lighting fixtures throughout the building are energy-efficient, and certain areas rely on daylight sensors to make sure the lights are only on when they truly need to be. In all, 5,000 bulbs were replaced, resulting in a 20% reduction in energy consumption.
2004 saw the addition of solar panels to its roof, an impressive 60,000 square-feet of solar panels to be precise. This solar array is one of the largest solar installations owned by a city anywhere in the country. The energy produced by this solar array could be used to power about 550 homes each year! The facility has received the Governor’s Environmental and Economic Leadership Award from the State of California, the Environmental Leadership Award of Excellence from the USEPA, and the Green Power Leadership Award from the USEPA and US Department of Energy, to name a few.
Their sound system is state-of-the-art. They offer what they call the “Networked Speaker Ready Room,” offering an entirely digital network for your presenting needs. Approve your presentation in the “Ready Room” after storing it on their central server. When presentation time arrives, it is pulled from the server through the facility’s fiber optic network directly to the room you are presenting in. You can submit your presentation when you arrive, or choose to use their online submission service.
And don’t worry about rushing out to find a Staples or Office Max – Moscone Center offers on-site services like faxing, printing, photocopying, and computer workstations at your disposal. They will gladly ship your packages via UPS, and offer an assortment of office supplies for those items you may have forgotten.
Where To Eat
If SAVOR doesn’t appeal to your tastes or you’re just looking to sneak away to schmooze a certain VIP client to do a deal after-hours, there is not a shortage of options – there are hundreds of places to dine all located within a half mile of the Moscone Center. Wichcraft, owned by Tom Colicchio who you might remember from Bravo’s Top Chef, serves up top-quality delectable sandwiches at a reasonable price.
Check out Out the Door if you’re looking for Vietnamese fare, owned by the famous Slanted Door. This spinoff is much more casual, and is just a couple of blocks away. Enjoy their spring rolls, beef or chicken phô, or grilled 5-spiced chicken with vermicelli, peanuts, and a crispy imperial roll.
The Salt House is another favorite among those who’ve visited the Moscone Center. Offering contemporary American cuisine, and an impressive wine list, many consider it to be one of the best places to eat in the city. Try their oysters, poutine, or wolfe ranch quail to start, finishing with an entree like California halibut served with asparagus, quinoa, fava leaves, and lemon spring garlic ajo blanco, or the Arctic char with spring peas and shoots, chorizo, spiced flax seed, and a béarnaise reduction.
Things To Do
If you have some time to wander and check out the local sights, you don’t have to go far. In fact, if you’re looking for a place to escape the chaos of the show, just head to the top of Moscone North and South to relax in the Yerb Buena Gardens.
The San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is a tenth of a mile away from Moscone, though they are currently closed for expansion. However, the museum has kept art alive while work is done via traveling exhibitions, such as a Matisse exhibition being held at the Legion of Honor, or the giant sculptures of Mark di Suvero at Crissy Field. These traveling exhibits will be ongoing through 2016, so be sure to check their website when you’re in the area to see what can be found at that time.
Bloomingdale’s is only a stone’s throw away if shopping is more your thing. Check out the Bristol Farms farmer’s market for a tasty, locally grown treat, known for their assortment of delicious and internationally diverse foods.
The Contemporary Jewish Museum is a great place to get your Jewish heritage fix. The building itself, a unique architectural design, is just as pleasing to look at as the exhibits inside! If that just isn’t your thing, check out the Yerba Buena Center for the Arts. They offer numerous galleries, performances, and even video showings to feed your creative side. It is one of the locations for the Museum of Modern Art’s traveling galleries!
You are sure to have an enjoyable experience exhibiting trade show displays at the Moscone Center.