Kentucky Exposition Center

The Kentucky Exposition Center (KEC) is a multi-purpose convention and exhibition center located in Louisville, Kentucky. The center is home to over 200 events each year, including trade shows, conventions, concerts, and sporting events. The KEC is one of the largest convention centers in the United States, with over 1.2 million square feet of exhibit space. The center also has a 2,000-seat theater, a 100,000-square-foot ballroom, and a variety of meeting rooms.

The KEC is a major economic driver for the Louisville region. The center generates over $1 billion in economic activity each year and supports over 10,000 jobs. The KEC was founded in 1928 as the Louisville Municipal Auditorium. The auditorium was built to host the Kentucky State Fair, which had outgrown its previous home at the Jefferson County Fairgrounds.

In 1956, the Louisville Municipal Auditorium was renamed the Kentucky Fair and Exposition Center. The name was changed to the Kentucky Exposition Center in 1999. The KEC has undergone several major renovations over the years. The most recent renovation was completed in 2014. The renovation added over 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a new 2,000-seat theater, and a variety of meeting rooms.

The KEC is home to a variety of events each year. Some of the most popular events held at the KEC include:

  • The Kentucky State Fair
  • The National Farm Machinery Show
  • The Kentucky Derby Festival
  • The Louisville Boat, RV & Outdoor Show
  • The Louisville Home & Garden Show

  • The KEC is also a popular venue for concerts and sporting events. Some of the biggest names in music have performed at the KEC, including Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, and U2. The KEC has also hosted several NCAA basketball tournament games, including the Final Four in 2014.

    The KEC is a major asset to the Louisville region. The center generates billions of dollars in economic activity each year and supports thousands of jobs. The KEC is also a popular destination for visitors from all over the world.