History

The Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center is located in downtown San Antonio along the banks of the San Antonio RiverWalk.

The facility is the central component of the city’s successful convention industry. The Center, named for the late U.S. Congressman Henry B. Gonzalez, hosts more than 300 events each year with over 750,000 convention delegates from around the world.

The original convention center was built as part of HemisFair ’68 by a joint venture of two general contractors Darragh & Lyda Inc. of San Antonio, Texas and H. A. Lott Inc. of Houston, Texas, but has been significantly altered and expanded since then. Today it is a 1,300,000 square feet state-of-the-art facility with 192,000 sq ft of meeting space, 3 ballrooms, 4 contiguous exhibit halls totaling over 440,000 sq ft, and the adjacent 2,307 seat Lila Cockrell Theatre, a performing arts venue, which is part of the original construction.