No one leaves Washington, DC without watching history in the making.
Events DC is the official convention and sports authority for the District of Columbia delivering premier event services and flexible venues across the nation’s capital. Events DC was formerly recognized as The Washington Convention and Sports Authority who managed and attracted conventions and sporting events across the District. The Washington Convention and Sports Authority resulted from the merger of the Washington Convention Center Authority and the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission.
The Evolution of Events DC – Our Rich Heritage
Explore the rich history of Events DC and our nation’s capital while enjoying fun facts about our organization, venues and events.
Events DC Corporate History
The Washington Convention Center Authority was established in 1994 to operate and manage the convention center.
The DC Sports Entertainment Commission was established in 1994 to drive sporting and entertainment programming in our nation’s capital.
The DC Sports and Entertainment Commissions and the DC Bowl Committee announced the creation of the EagleBank Bowl in 2008, the first college football bowl game in the District of Columbia.
The Washington Convention and Sports Authority formed in 2009, following the merger of the Washington Convention Center Authority and the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission.
In 2010, Mayor Adrian M. Fenty, city officials and the Washington Convention and Sports Authority broke ground on the Washington Marriott Marquis Hotel.
The Washington Convention and Sports Authority unveiled new brand – Events DC in 2011.
In 2011, Events DC hosted the inaugural AT&T Nation’s Football Classic at RFK Stadium between Howard University and Morehouse College.
In 2011, Events DC and the Historical Society of Washington announced a new lease agreement for the historic Carnegie Library at Mt. Vernon Square.
An Events DC float made a debut appearance in the 2012 National Cherry Blossom Festival Centennial Celebration Parade.
In 2012, Events DC celebrated the opening of the Maloof Skate Park at RFK Stadium, the District’s first world-class skate park.
Events DC and the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington (RAMW) announced a new partnership in April 2013 to highlight Washington, DC’s rising restaurant scene, boost local economy and hospitality industry. The joint effort between Events DC and RAMW aims to promote and reinforce the pairing of the city’s premier culinary experiences with its world-class events and venues.
In July 2013, Events DC announced their first title sponsorship, a multi-year partnership agreement for the prestigious Nation’s Triathlon to Benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society. With 40% of all participants traveling from 46 states, the event annually produces an enormous positive impact for the DC Metro area economy. The partnership with Events DC represents an ideal opportunity to attract more international participants at a time when the sport of triathlon is experiencing a tremendous growth and globalization.
In 2013, Events DC announced a comprehensive Washington Marriott Marquis Jobs Training Program, in collaboration with Goodwill of Greater Washington, to prepare the District’s workforce for the Washington Marriott Marquis, scheduled to open in May 2014. The program prepared 719 Washington, DC residents for hotel careers and 178 were hired, making up 35% of opening day staff.
On March 14, 2013, Walter E. Washington Convention Center celebrated its 10 year anniversary. For a decade, the Convention Center has hosted nearly 1,800 events and welcomed almost 10 million visitors and residents with world-class service and cutting-edge technology, helping to power the District’s hospitality industry. At the end of Fiscal Year 2012, the new Convention Center had generated more than $3.3 billion in direct attendee spending over the past decade.
In 2014, the Marriot Marquis Washington, DC the official convention center hotel for the District, opened its doors with more than 100,000 square feet of meeting space. At 1,175 rooms, the Marquis became the largest hotel in the city, and the only hotel connected to the Convention Center through an underground pedestrian connector. The hotel represents Events DC’s largest investment in the District’s hospitality infrastructure since 1998.
The 2014 RAMMY Awards Gala moves to one of Events DC’s venues, Walter E. Washington Convention Center. The move allows more accommodation to the RAMMYS and reflects the continued growth of the annual event that celebrates the best in the area’s outstanding food service industry.
The largest and only national science festival, USA Science & Engineering Festival, has grown significantly in size every year—and in 2014, shattered attendance record at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. There were more than 350,000 attendees engaging in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) related activities.
In 2014, the National Book Festival transitioned its location from the National Mall to one of our venues, the Walter E. Washington Convention Center. For the first time ever, the festival was able to offer space for nearly 100,000 attendees.
In 2014, Events DC’s partner, DC Jazz Festival, celebrated its 10th anniversary and Events DC support to bringing jazz to neighborhoods throughout Washington, DC. The annual festival had nearly 70 performances held across all 8 wards of the District.
Events DC forms a new partnership in 2014 with the Citi Open; which serves as a support to the city’s long-standing tennis tradition, attract new fans from the community, and make a positive impact on our travel and tourism industry.
With a continued partnership, National Cherry Blossom Festival announce Events DC as the presenter for the 2014 National Cherry Blossom Festival Parade. With the support of Events DC, the Parade will be nationally syndicated, showcasing the brand of the National Cherry Blossom Festival and springtime in Washington, DC to thousands of viewers across the country in addition to thousands of spectators.
In 2014, Events DC joined forces with numerous partners to organize a World Cup viewing event at Freedom Plaza—in less than 48 hours. About 5,000 soccer fans decked out in DC United colors, came storming the Plaza to watch the USA versus Belgium FIFA World Cup Game.
One of our venues, Nationals Park, was selected to host the 2018 Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Events DC is proud and excited for the preparations for the upcoming game that will be happening in a short few years!
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