The Hot News; from Chris Carpenter, GM of San Mateo Event Center.

Posted on August 5, 2013


Chris Carpenter
The San Mateo Event Center has re-invested over $15 million into the facilities and campus over the past nine years.

Upgrades which include;

  • $300K in IT enhancements to the entire campus and facilities.
  • $250K to our new and improved Event Pavilion.
  • Nearly $500K in improvements to our overall campus and perimeter fencing – creating a welcoming less industrial feeling.
  • $70K in our board room which is available for rent, for meetings of 16 including use of an outdoor patio for receptions. Providing 55” HDTV presentations, a screen and all new high end furniture. Read More about the board room!

We are currently renovating 5,600 sq. ft. of meeting space with adjacent outdoor space with permanent outdoor stage – perfect for meetings combined with reception and entertainment.

Soon, we will be investing in a new sound system in Expo Hall and our Events Pavilion. We will also be renovating the South side of Fiesta Hall to create 6 meeting rooms and also renovating the lobby entrances.

We have also been increasing our available Equipment that is available for rent to Event Clients – offering substantial savings to our clients.

  • We have 700’ of 25’ high theatrical drape, 700’ of trussing and 24 – 1 ton motors for many hang point options.
  • We have purchased over 2,000 new chairs and tables/with skirting in various styles for use in all facilities.
  • We have every style of staging you could desire from 16” high all the way up to 6’ high concert staging – all skirted with steps and railing.

The San Mateo County Event Center is a multipurpose venue able to handle any type of event.  Our location is optimal – 3,200 parking spots, close proximity to hotels, airports and routes 101, 92 and 280.

We have just completed a feasibility study to help us determine our future which may include a conference facility and a hotel.  We are already meeting with various hotel developers with a high level of interest.