Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center Up and Running
6 Jan, 2021
Installed during the COVID-19 pandemic, the new indoor sports courts at the Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center are open and hosting sporting events. The 40,000-square-foot multi-purpose sports court can be designed to accommodate 16 volleyball courts or four basketball courts and has ample space for athletes and their families to socially distance. The facility is also equipped with a floor covering which will allow non-sporting events to be held.
Located at the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee Rivers in historic downtown and adjacent to the Lower Town Arts District, is the Paducah-McCracken County Convention Center. The center boasts 110,000 square-feet of convention and exhibition space. It is a popular destination for a variety of arts and cultural events. Most notably, the American Quilters Society’s Biannual Quilt Week. The center has enacted safety protocols such as social distancing and masks, reduced capacity and contactless registration.
The first weekend of volleyball at the indoor sports court was held in mid-September and left local officials and organizers encouraged about the facility’s potential. The tournament included teams from McCraken, Ballard and Marshall counties among others.
The new sports facility and convention center provides space for visitors to stop and enjoy Paducah by spending a few hours or several nights.
- Where to eat: Market House Square is closed to traffic to allow for additional outdoor dining for several downtown restaurants including Etc² Coffeehouse, Kirchoff’s Bakery & Deli, Max’s Brick Oven Café, Cynthia’s Ristorante, Shandies, Doe’s Eat Place and Paducah Axe.
- What to do: The National Quilt Museum features a contemporary collection of award-winning quilts and ever-changing thematic exhibitions.
- What to see: Paducah’s “Wall to Wall” murals depict the city’s historical significance and creative connection in more than 50 life-sized panoramic murals overlooking the confluence of the Ohio and Tennessee rivers.