The Washington Convention Center is taking a close look at how it is using its 2.3 million square feet of space. The goal of this assessment is to bring in more revenue and to lure more people to downtown D.C.
“We have to look at our square footage, making sure that we’re utilizing it to the best of our ability, identifying if there are ancillary spaces that can be converted into other opportunities,” said Angie Gates, president and CEO of Events DC, which oversees the meeting space.
This deep dive into what could be done comes at an important time, when the downtown area stands to lose a lot of foot traffic if Monumental Sports and Entertainment follows through with plans to move the Washington Wizards and Capitals to Alexandria, Virginia.
According to Gates, this assessment has been in the works and is “routine,” and recently has led to new additions such as two new dining areas which were created not only for convention traffic, but also residents and workers in the downtown area.
One anchor at the recently added “Downtown Dining District” is another location of the iconic D.C. restaurant: Ben’s Chili Bowl.