Final phase of Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center expansion complete

The third and final phase of the $38 million expansion of the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center is complete.
The third and final phase of the $38 million expansion of the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center is complete.

OCEAN CITY, Md. – The third and final phase in the expansion of the Roland E. Powell Ocean City Convention Center is complete.

The $38 million expansion—a partnership between the State of Maryland and the Town of Ocean City—includes a new 30,000-square-foot exhibition hall and a 15,000-square-foot bayside gallery.

“The entire mission of our state government continues to be keeping Maryland open for business, and this ribbon cutting is another shining example that we are doing exactly what we said we would do,” said Maryland Governor Larry Hogan during an event to kick off the expansion project. “The completion of this transformative project is another sign of our continued health and economic recovery and of our commitment to coming back stronger and better than ever before.”

Hogan announced the final expansion in 2018 after authorizing the Maryland Stadium Authority (MSA) to move forward with funding. MSA, which provided $22.5 million in bonds for the expansion, also managed the design and construction of the project—which is expected to generate up to 30 new events annually and support more than 500 local jobs.

Ground was broken on the project in April 2020, and construction was completed in January. The first event to utilize the expansion is the Seaside Boat Show, which Hogan visited as well.

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