Anschutz Entertainment Group and city officials on Thursday unveiled plans for a sleek, elevated convention center hall downtown.
The roughly 20,000 square foot new hall is planned as part of an expansion of the Los Angeles Convention Center, first built in 1971.
Renderings presented before a city committee illustrated how the new facility - which would rise one story above Pico Boulevard, so cars could pass underneath - would connect the existing South Hall with AEG's proposed football stadium.
The designs represent a dramatic re-fashioning of the city- owned Convention Center, which is currently divided largely into two buildings. Under the new plan, designed by international architecture firm Populous, the center is one contiguous space.
The layout would help draw conventions like E3, a popular gaming convention, said Convention Center general manager/CEO Pouria Abbassi. E3's booking managers prefer to host the event in one large space, he said.
"This is a 21st century design," Abbassi said of the redesign. "This places us in the top tier to be able to capture those electronic shows."
Also planned is a new free-standing building, which could be used as a ballroom, located directly southeast of the new hall.
There were few criticisms of the designs. But City Councilman Ed Reyes pushed AEG to incorporate the Pico-Union neighborhood into plans for the new hall. The neighborhood falls in Reyes' district, and he
The convention center redesign is part of AEG's plan to build the downtown stadium, but is dependent on the developer's ability to secure an NFL team.