How far is the airport to the convention center?
The GRB is approximately 10 miles from William P. Hobby (HOU) Airport and approximately twenty miles from George Bush Intercontinental (IAH) Airport. For more information on the Houston Airport System please visit www.fly2houston.com.
What hotels are close to the GRB?
Currently connected to the GRB at the south end is the 1,200-room Hilton Americas-Houston. Located at the North end of the GRB is the Marriott Marquis, which also connects to the GRB via the skybridge. This unique property boasts 1,000 guest rooms and a Texas-shaped lazy river! An additional 2,461 rooms are being added to Houston’s downtown hotel inventory in eight unique properties. As of late 2016, there are more than 7,700 rooms in 24 hotels downtown! To book a room in Houston, downtown, and beyond, visit Houston's official tourism website, www.visithoustontexas.com.
Do you offer Wi-Fi services?
Wi-Fi is available for free in all public spaces and meeting rooms of the GRB at speeds suitable for checking email and web browsing. Exhibitor Internet access starts at $79.99 for 1 day per device at a speed of 3 mbps up and down burstable to 5 mbps. Should you have problems, please contact the Smart City help desk at 713-853-8900.
Do you have a business center?
There are two FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers conveniently located across the street from the building, both accessible via skybridge. One is located in the Hilton Americas-Houston and the other in the Marriott Marquis. Both centers offer a variety of goods and services to suit your needs- from packing and shipping to signage, copying, and last-minute office supplies.
Am I allowed to bring outside food & beverages into the GRB?
No outside food or drink is allowed at the GRB.
Who was George R. Brown?
Houstonian George Rufus Brown (1898-1983) was an internationally known entrepreneur, engineer, civic leader, and philanthropist. George and his brother, Herman, turned Brown & Root into the world's largest construction and engineering company. Later, he and investors founded, Texas Eastern Transmission Company, which donated six of the 11 blocks required to build the GRB.
George R. Brown’s legacy is carried forth by the family’s Brown Foundation which was founded in July 1951 by Herman and Margarett Root Brown and George R. and Alice Pratt Brown. The Brown Foundation has awarded more than $1.4 billion in grants. Of these funds, approximately 80% were awarded within the State of Texas with special emphasis on the city of Houston.
Do you have a shipping and receiving department?
We do not have a shipping and receiving department at the GRB. If you are an exhibitor, please check with Show Management for shipping and receiving options. There are two FedEx Office Print & Ship Centers conveniently located across the street from the building, both accessible via skybridge. One is located in the Hilton Americas-Houston and the other in the Marriott Marquis.
How do I contact the convention center?
1001 Avenida de las Americas
Houston, Texas 77010
Main Line: 713-853-8000
Toll Free: 800-427-4697
Office Hours: Monday through Friday: 8am - 5pm
After Hours and Weekends: Security Office - 713-853-8087
How big is the GRB?
1.9 million square feet with 88 meeting rooms, 6 balconies, a ballroom, theater, show offices & conference rooms plus 90,000 ft² of Level 2 Mezzanine space, a 95,000 ft² grand concourse, the 97,000 ft² Avenida Plaza, and The Wharf, an intimate outdoor special event space.
How old is the GRB?
The George R. Brown Convention Center was opened on the east side of downtown Houston on September 26, 1987 and was completed “on time and under budget” with a price tag of $104.9 million. Construction required 30 months with more than 1,200 workers on site. The sale of bonds, to be repaid by hotel occupancy tax revenues, spared local taxpayers any new burden.
The first convention held in the George R. Brown Convention Center was the American Society of Travel Agents beginning on October 11, 1987.
On July 28, 2001, ground was broken on a joint project to seamlessly expand the convention center and build an adjacent 1,200-room convention headquarters hotel. At a cost of $165 million and requiring 27 months of construction, the GRB grew from 1,150,000 square feet to 1,800,000 square feet. Three exhibit halls & more meeting rooms were added in preparation for Super Bowl XXXVIII in 2004. The expansion was completed on December 3, 2003.
In November 2014 ground was broken yet again, this time in preparation for Super Bowl LI. The latest expansion to the GRB converted six lanes and the length of five city blocks into Avenida Houston, which includes a 97,000-square-foot, pedestrian-friendly, outdoor plaza and events space. The new Grand Lobby is 10 stories high and showcases Ed Wilson’s 60 foot sculpture, "Soaring in the Clouds", suspended from the ceiling in the very center of the GRB. Visitors can now also enjoy improved connectivity to 550,000 square feet of prime exhibition space via a 95,000 square foot Grand Concourse. Construction was completed Fall 2016.