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Oregon Convention Center
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US$49.00*
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Ranked #48 of 453 things to do in Portland
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed 2 June 2013

The Convention Center does a good job with directing the flow of traffic, both vehicle and foot. The attendants are very nice. Once the doors open you are to leave any food or beverage, including your own water bottles at the check-in areas. The concessions are well priced and they were willing to get a bag of ice for one of the girls we brought who hurt her knee. The bathrooms are quite small and need a bit of updating. There are always lines. It's pretty warm in the lobby, but almost freezing once you get inside. The seats are really close together on the ground floor and you will be touching the person next to you, no matter how small you are, no matter where you sit. If you are tall, your knees will touch the seats in front of you. The first session we sat right above floor level, on the far left side from the AA entrance, we were surprised to smell cigarette smoke almost the entire 3 hours we were there. The next session was on floor level and the stage lighting was in our eyes the entire time. The Third session we sat to the left of the stage and had to either turn our entire bodies to the left to see the screens. It was not comfortable. The last session we sat directly across from the stage in the stadium seating. Two people tripped in the aisles because the lighting was not good. The staff in the Red vests were talking loudly right behind us and had their radios blasting everytime someone contacted them. Even when asked to quite down, they laughed. The conference was free and we were very impressed with the speaker and entertainment, but the building itself was not great.

Thank Naders1977
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Reviewed 28 May 2013

The Oregon Convention Center is fairly well laid out, with multiple ceiling-mounted sculptures distinctive to the different areas of the complex (which can serve as indoor landmarks), but what would have been really helpful would have been a better map. The map I received from the Info booth employee, regrettably, had no mention of which floor was which in the dual diagram, and was difficult to parse in other ways as well. (The employee admitted as much, and I'm sure the info booth employee suffers more than convention-going guests, since that employee has no good map to give out and suffers the fall-out every day.)

I did appreciate the water-saving toilets in the always clean restrooms that I used all week, plus the generous number of water fountains for filling and re-re-filling my reusable water bottle.

The facility was clean, spacious and located well (right on the MAX train line), so over all, just fine. I eventually learned my way around just through practice.

Bottom line: good location, good on the water use/provisions, bad on the map and signage inside the building

Thank fiery4
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Reviewed 10 May 2013

I was here for the Openstack conference in April 2013 and the venue was excellent. Lots of room, and a couple shops inside for coffee or snacks. My only complaint was the fact that food choices were slim and the closest places to eat (fast food or otherwise) were a bit of a walk. (nothing crazy, 1-2 miles)

Thank wdc79
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Reviewed 25 April 2013

Great venue, but learn where you need to be before you go in. Park closest place to where you need to be... the place is enormous!

Thank SuRi_97064
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Reviewed 15 April 2013

This huge space allows for great exhibits and they went all out for the Auto Show this year. The show flowed for easy viewing and offered drinks and snacks at various locations for everyone.

Thank Cheri M
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