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Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 1 - 8, 2014
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Mark of the Feminine

Sep 1 - Oct 4, 2014
Curator Regine Basha's Mark of the Feminine is the first in a series of… more

Preservation Jazz…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Live New Orleans Jazz nightly! more

Southern Decadence…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Southern Decadence started forty one years ago as a simple going-away… more

Hidden Treasures:…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
Join Friends of the Cabildo as the Louisiana State Museum's impressive… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 2 - 2, 2014
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Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Play, learn and grow in this hands-on introduction to the world of gardens for… more

Kinder Garden:…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
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Maple Leaf Bar…

Sep 2 - 30, 2014
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Standing in the…

Sep 2 - Nov 25, 2014
"Standing in the Shadows (No More)" is a series of narrative quilting… more

Funk Monkey featuring…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
Join us for Funk Monkey featuring members of Bonerama. more

Grammy Award-winning…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
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Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 3 - 24, 2014
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Lunchbox Lecture -…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
History remembers the American, British and Polish Paratroopers who jumped into… more

The Royal Sonesta's…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
The Royal Sonesta New Orleans presents the September Round Table Luncheon… more

We Live to Eat Kick…

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
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White Glove Wednesdays

Sep 3 - 3, 2014
It's one thing to read on an exhibit label that an infantryman's pack in World… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Irvin Mayfield's Jazz…

Sep 4 - 25, 2014
Join us at The Irvin Mayfield Jazz Playhouse at the Royal Sonesta Hotel for… more

Groovesect Labor Day…

Sep 1 - 1, 2014
Join us for the  Groovesect Labor Day Cookout! more

New Orleans Newest Arena Adds to City's Arsenal of Convention & Event Spaces

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Additional Information:

Richard Tucker                                               Laila Morcos
Xavier University                                            Peter Mayer Public Relations
Director of Communications                          Senior PR Account Executive
P: (504) 520-5425                                           P: (504) 330-1737
rtucker@xula.edu                                           morcosl@peteramayer.com

NEW ORLEANS (February 7, 2013) - Since its official christening in November 2012, the newly-constructed Convocation Center and Annex at Xavier University of Louisiana (XULA) has been a very busy venue.  The new center boasts more than 93,000 square feet of space with more than 4,100 seats that can be reconfigured for a variety of purposes.  Because of its smaller size compared to the Ernest N. Morial Convention Center and other large spaces in New Orleans, the Convocation Center is providing the city with an alternative space for small to mid-size events, concerts, galas and more.    

During Super Bowl XLVII, a number of groups took advantage of the space and state-of-the art capabilities the center has to offer. The night before Super Bowl, the Annual Gridiron Celebrity Hoops All-Star Basketball Game marked its 15th year at the Convocation Center.  The star-studded event drew sports fans from across the country and more than three dozen pro-athletes and celebrities took center court to play. 

"This mid-size athletic event proves our Convocation Center has the capacity to draw big crowds for important functions.  We have end and center stage arrangements that allows for flexibility and our state-of-the-art scoreboard system is top of the line.  We are pleased we had the opportunity to participate in the City's Super Bowl activities and hope to be an active participant in more events to come," said XULA President Dr. Norman Francis. 

Other Super Bowl-related events included the U.S. Chamber of Commerce job fair Hiring Our Heroes - a chance for veteran job seekers, active duty military, Guard and Reserve members, active military and veteran spouses to apply for work at 60  participating, prospective employers. Also, Feed the Children, an organization that provides food to needy families, used the Convocation Center as home base for distribution. 

"In New Orleans, there are a number of phenomenal spaces for conventions and events that are for thousands of attendees.  There are also a number of spaces that can hold events for just a few hundred.  Nestled between Uptown and Mid-City New Orleans, the Convocation Center is where event planners can meet in the middle," said New Orleans Convention and Visitors Bureau Vice President of Public Relations Kelly Schulz.  "It is a cost-effective venue to host mid-size events, close to all the City's attractions, and conveniently located right off I-10 overlooking Downtown New Orleans."

The first public event held in the Convocation Center was a Liberty Bank Christmas Concert featured the New Orleans Philharmonic Orchestra, which was held in December 2012. Upcoming events include XULA's inaugural commencement in May, giving the university the chance to bring its students back home for graduation.  Until the construction of the Convocation Center, XULA graduation was held at the Kiefer UNO Lakefront Arena.    

The Convocation Center includes weight rooms, an elegant, monumental staircase at the entrance leading to a high-end VIP suite, and a dramatic second floor pre-function area that allows views to the outdoor plaza below while providing natural daylight into the facility. Supporting the Convocation Center is the Annex that houses classrooms, meeting spaces, offices as well as a "green" parking lot with pervious paving and solar panels. Manning Architects served as architects for both the Convocation Center and Annex, which are anticipated to be LEED Silver Buildings and incorporate community connectivity, water conservation, energy efficiency, recycled and regional materials, and improved indoor air quality. The Convocation Center is across Washington Avenue from the main campus on a site bounded by Short, Palm and Stroelitz streets. A pedestrian bridge will be constructed across Washington Avenue to give the XULA community better access to the new building.

About Xavier
Xavier University of Louisiana is a private, co-educational institution offering a comprehensive liberal arts program and professional programs, including 38 undergraduate majors, five master's degree programs and a doctor of pharmacy program.  Xavier is the only historically Black, Catholic university in the United States and draws students from 39 states, Washington, D.C., Guam,  the Virgin Islands and 7 foreign countries.  For more information contact Xavier University of Louisiana, 1 Drexel Drive, New Orleans LA  70125, Phone: 504-520-7568, Fax 504-520-7933.