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1972
Kentucky Governor Wendell H. Ford announces the state will build the Commonwealth Convention Center and high-rise parking garage on Fourth Street in downtown Louisville. It will cost more than $20 million and be operated by the Kentucky State Fair Board.
1974
Ground is broken on the facility designed to handle medium-sized conventions of 2,000-3,000 people and expected to generate $22.3 million annually in new money for the state.
1977
The convention center opens its doors.
1989-2009
The facility serves as host for the University of Louisville women’s basketball team on and off from 1989–2009 seasons; the NCAA Men’s Division II Basketball Championships 1995–2000; and the 2002 Ohio Valley Conference Men’s Basketball.
2000
A $71.8 million renovation is completed, and the facility is renamed the Kentucky International Convention Center (KICC). The name serves as an open invitation to international events.
2008
With 30,000 square feet of uninterrupted space, KICC’s Cascade Ballroom is the largest in the state. It hosts pitching contests during the Minor League Baseball All-Star Game and more than 3,400 archers for the National Field Archery Association Indoor Championships.
2013
The 2013 Ironman Expo and the Kentucky Derby Festival Marathon Expo bring more than 16,000 athletes to the convention center.
2014
Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear signs a bill into law that financially supports the renovation and expansion of the convention center.
2015
The Governor, KICC officials and Louisville Mayor Greg Fischer unveil the design and renderings for the Kentucky International Convention Center, which will expand exhibit space by more than one-third and increase the Cascade Ballroom by 10,000 square feet.
2016
Groundbreaking begins and KICC temporarily closes its doors, to reopen in summer of 2018 when the transformative project is completed.
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