History of Henry B. González Convention Center
The Henry B. González Convention Center is nestled in the heart of historic downtown San Antonio, along the banks of the world famous River Walk.
The facility is the central component of the city’s successful convention industry. The Center, named for the late U.S. Congressman Henry B. González, hosts more than 300 events each year with over 750,000 convention delegates from around the world.
The original Convention Center was built as part of HemisFair ’68 by a joint venture of two general contractors Darragh & Lyda Inc. of San Antonio, Texas and H. A. Lott Inc. of Houston, Texas. Today, the Henry B. González Convention Center has significantly expanded since 1968. It is now 514,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space with 86,500 square feet of column-free multipurpose space, over 70 meeting rooms, and two ballrooms, including the largest ballroom in Texas. The Henry B. González Convention Center is also home to the Lila Cockrell Theatre, a performing arts venue.