A first look inside the Fox Cities Exhibition Center
APPLETON (WLUK) -- After months of construction, the Fox Cities Exhbition Center is just weeks away from opening and Wednesday, we got a look inside.
From a ceremonial groundbreaking more than a year ago, the Fox Cities Exhibition Center is nearly complete.
"Very excited! Every time I come over something is finished or much further along than before," said Pam Seidl, the executive director of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Appleton Mayor Tim Hanna told FOX 11 News construction is on time and meeting its $31 million budget.
He said the final details and decorations should go in, starting next week.
"You can see a lot of activity going on, a lot of electricians, a lot of people doing a lot of finish work," Hanna described.
Wednesday, Fox Cities community and economic leaders checked out the progress.
"First of all, I think the community's gonna like it, but, I think, more importantly, the people that come to visit, I think they're gonna love it," said Hanna.
And visitors are already loving it...according to Pam Seidl, executive director of the Fox Cities Convention and Visitors Bureau.
"We had a nice tour with 50 meeting planners last week. They were very impressed with the facility, loved the setting," Seidl told us.
Seidl said the highlights are all of the windows, the natural lighting and large patio over looking Jones Park.
The park itself is scheduled for renovations in the coming year.
"When we get Jones Park done it's just gonna provide a little different feel. I think it's gonna be, it's gonna feel very welcoming," said Hanna.
Seidl told FOX 11 there are several bookings for the exhibition center through January, February and March. She told us the hard work of selling the venue to event planners ramps up now.
"It doesn't stop when it's open. A lot of these groups are booking 3, 4, 5 years out. Visitors to the area, good exposure and, also, a great economic impact of visitor spending throughout the community, will be well worth it," said Seidl.
The grand opening is set for January 11th. There are more events booked through the rest of the month.