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Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

Edgar Degas: The…

Mar 30 - May 24, 2015
Featuring drawings, prints, sculpture, and photographs, all from a single… more

EN MAS’: Carnival and…

Mar 30 - Jun 7, 2015
Curated by Claire Tancons, Krista Thompson, EN MAS': Carnival and Performance… more

George Porter Jr. Trio

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Join us for live entertainment  at the Maple Leaf Bar featuring George… more

Jim Roche: Cultural…

Mar 30 - Jul 12, 2015
Born in 1943, Jim Roche received a BA from Florida State University (1961)… more

M.S. Rau Antiques…

Mar 30 - May 4, 2015
Long established and leading art, antiques and jewelry specialist M.S. Rau… more

Preservation Jazz…

Mar 30 - 30, 2015
Live New Orleans Jazz Nightly! more

Tennessee Williams:…

Mar 30 - May 31, 2015
Tennessee Williams was one of the most admired playwrights of the 20th century.… more

The New Orleans…

Mar 30 - Nov 18, 2015
Marvel Universe LIVE! will captivate audiences with an authentic and original… more

Voices Not Forgotten…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
Many of us have heard our elders talking about the great music and fancy dances… more

Kikuo Saito at…

Mar 31 - Apr 4, 2015
Octavia Art Gallery is pleased to present a selection of works from New York… more

Lydia's Purple Cloth…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Quilting continues! We're excited to have more time to work on creations… more

Maple Leaf Bar…

Mar 31 - 31, 2015
Join us for live entertainment featuring the Grammy Award winning ReBirth Brass… more

Purchased Lives: New…

Mar 31 - Jul 18, 2015
The Historic New Orleans Collection's newest exhibition, "Purchased… more

Mark Steinmetz: South

Apr 1 - May 10, 2015
Mark Steinmetz lives and works in Athens, Georgia. His work transcends the… more

Opera on Tap

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Now in its 8th season, Opera on Tap - New Orleans is attracting people from… more

Smoker's World…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Join us at the Maple Leaf Bar for Smoker's World featuring Eric… more

The Victory Belles…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
Noted for their close harmonies and synchronized dance steps, the Andrews… more

YLC Wednesday at the…

Apr 1 - 1, 2015
The 12-week concert series takes place in downtown New Orleans at Lafayette… more

Exhibition Opening -…

Apr 2 - 2, 2015
Self-Taught, Outsider and Visionary Art will showcase works from the Ogden… more

Artist Spotlight…

Mar 30 - 31, 2015
New Orleans-based woodturning artist Tom Dunne will be the featured artist in… more

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

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
Media Contacts:
Richard Tucker
(504) 520-5425
rtucker@xula.edu

Laila Morcos
(504) 330-1737
morcosl@peteramayer.com

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

Xavier University of Louisiana's Convocation Center provides

an alternative venue for event planners

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.

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