The George R. Brown Convention Center, opened on September 26, 1987, is located on the east side of Downtown Houston, Texas, United States.
The center was named for internationally recognized entrepreneur, engineer, civic leader, philanthropist and Houstonian George Rufus Brown (1898-1983). 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. The center is owned by the City of Houston and managed by the Houston First Corporation. The facility was completed with a price tag of $104.9 million, requiring 30 months and more than 1,200 workers. The 100-foot (30 m) high red-white-and-blue building replaced the obsolete Albert Thomas Convention Center, which was later redeveloped into the Bayou Place entertainment complex in the downtown Houston Theater District. It is the first convention center in the world to have a permanent Bitcoin ATM.
Richard Evans | Jul 5, 2018
Easily accessible facility with ample parking nearby. Very easy in and out, which is saying a lot for Houston. Facility makes great use of its space! Was here with about 30,000 individuals for the FIRST Championship and there was actually room to spare.
Brent Marshall | Apr 8, 2018
This convention center was well planned for housing any convention or gathering or show conceivable. It has open access to all floors from the gigantic 2 story exhibit halls at either end and connected (or separated) by a third along the rear of the building. Huge bay doors can accept tractor-trailers pulling yachts in with ease. The main concourse outside has been revamped in the past year with widening of the concourse, adding a boardwalk style raised cafe area with large fountains and restaurants along the front of the building. Well placed entrances allow attendees to readily access the building even in the most crowded conditions with exiting sets of doors on either end and main entrances toward the middle done in glass and an excellent view into the main lobby. The 3rd floor houses the most rooms of various sizes for whatever purpose with various amenities for multimedia, room provisioning and modification and to top it off, an excellent staff whom i found stays out of the way and to themselve unless you ask and they are more than happy to assist.
Jennifer Garza | Jul 5, 2018
Gun show! Awesome people with awesome stories and amazing things to sell from Civil War times to World War II paraphernalia and some of the coolest knives and guns I've ever seen. Not to mention all the custom holsters and grips and ammo at cheap prices... We love the gun show!
Jeffrey Lawton | Jun 24, 2018
It's a convention center, not unlike other major convention centers. It was nice to have a FedEx Office on site, plus a full-blown Starbucks right outside the exhibit hall. The skybridge to the adjacent Hilton is also very convenient.
Haydee Mendoza | May 13, 2018
Been here plenty of times. With all the new developments which is making Houston so much more attractive for tourism and community life ... just beautiful. Anyway, GRB please educate your ticket booth of the events they’re assisting in catering to in regards to information. Was Mia informed of the location of the even within the convention center and lost for a half hour following his directions.
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