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Mesquite, Texas—It's More Than a Meeting Destination

Take your next meeting to another level when you host it in Mesquite, Texas, the “Rodeo Capital of Texas.” It is just 15 minutes east downtown Dallas and has everything you need to put on a successful meeting, incentive trip, conference, or event that will keep your attendees engaged and ready for more. From large and sophisticated event spaces to some of the most exciting and memorable attractions on this side of the Rio Grande, here are three reasons why Mesquite is the perfect place to host your next event.

1. Meeting Spaces That Exceed Expectations

The team at Mesquite Convention & Visitors Bureau is ready to help you, which is why they go beyond to make hosting an event at Mesquite Convention Center & Exhibit Hall as convenient as possible. Combined, the convention center and exhibit hall offer more than 50,000 square feet of flexible space that can accommodate everything, from the opening keynote to the closing-night reception.

The convention center’s 18,000-sq.-ft. Grand Texan Ballroom is excellent for conferences, seminars, and trade shows. Transform the ballroom into three separate 2,000-sq.-ft. spaces for parties and product launches or two 6,000- sq. – ft. spaces for bigger events. Additionally, the convention center comes with breakout rooms, ranging from 400 to 800 square feet each for more intimate affairs. Connected to the convention center is the 35,000-sq.-ft. Exhibit Hall. Split this massive space into two 17,500-sq.-ft. rooms to host simultaneous tradeshows and meetings. It’s also perfect for events that require big displays or equipment. Multiple large overhead doors make it easy to bring in machinery, furnishings, and other supplies.

All of the Mesquite Convention Center and Exhibit Hall spaces can be outfitted with the latest audiovisual equipment. To make your job even easier, the catering team, chef, and banquet manager are on call to help you plan memorable breakfasts, lunches, and dinners. The team will go to great lengths to learn what matters to your group, then customize and tailor pricing and services to your needs so your guests will have treasured memories of your event.

You and your attendees won’t have to travel far for a premier lodging experience, the Mesquite Convention Center & Exhbit Hall has a hotel on-site. The Hampton Inn & Suites features 160 guest rooms, a sparkling outdoor saltwater pool, and a fitness center. Mesquite has more than 1,300 hotel rooms throughout the city. Other premier hotels you can call home for a few days include the Fairfield Inn & Suites, which offers a hearty breakfast buffet as well as free Wi-Fi. The Courtyard by Marriott has an in-house bistro that serves everything from omelets and frittatas to burgers and roasted chicken. Guests who prefer to do their own cooking will love the full kitchenettes, with dishwashers, and pots and pans at TownePlace Suites. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites has a heated indoor pool and whirlpool, where you can rest and unwind after a productive day of meetings.

2. Meals to Remember

Mesquite is home to a melting pot of food choices with more than 150 dine-in restaurants. Enjoy Zagat-rated cuisine at Yia Yia’s House of Gyros, Mesquite Diner, or Atheneos Greek Village Cafe. The Zagat-rated Mesquite BBQ is famous for its brisket and fried okra, and Slab’s BBQ serves delicious ribs and sausage.

No Mesquite event is complete without a taste of Tex-Mex fare. Plan a group “fajita fiesta” at Posados or let El Fenix cater to one of your dinners. Other popular caterers include JC’s Burger Bar, where the patties are made from 100% ground beef and never frozen. You can also plan a group event at Snuffer’s, famous for its cheddar fries and fried pickles.

If you want to expand your guests’ palates, consider the Jamaican-fusion Reggae Wings & Tings. Owned by two Jamaica natives, this lively restaurant serves island classics like curry goat, fried dumplings, and saltfish. For more tastes of the Caribbean, don’t let your guests miss out on Jamaican Cook Shop’s platters of jerk chicken, oxtails, and escovitch snapper.

3. Thrilling Attractions

Mesquite's parks, attractions, and sites are the perfect recipe for building team spirit and camaraderie when hosting an off-site event. At the Mesquite Arena, your team can get face to face with bulls and bucking broncos in the shark tank, a fully protected cage located directly in the middle of the action during the Mesquite Championship Rodeo. Race over to the Devil's Bowl Speedway, your guests can meet some of the country's best box car drivers and pose for pictures in their tricked out box cars and dragsters.

Whether your attendees have been working together for years or are meeting for the first time, Mesquite's more than 60 parks, and athletic complexes are great locations to host a fun team building event. Westlake Park has an archery range and multiple basketballs and tennis courts. Enjoy City Lake Park's fully stocked trout, and catfish pond to host a friendly fishing competition. The various aquatic and athletic centers are also ready to organize everything, from volleyball matches to soccer games. And the 18-hole Mesquite Golf Club sits on 154 acres of Champion Bermuda greens, with multiple tee locations to perfect your swing.

After putting away the clubs, do some retail therapy and shop for souvenirs at Town East Mall or any of the specialty boutiques in historic Downtown Mesquite, like In the Ivy Boutique. Downtown Mesquite is also home to the Corner Theatre, where you can treat your guests to a festive karaoke night or a live concert. For more arts and entertainment, do not miss the Mesquite Arts Center, which regularly hosts events by the talented Mesquite Symphony Orchestra and lively Mesquite Arts Theatre.

Other can't-miss Mesquite attractions include Celebration Station, with its batting cages and bumper boats, and Urban Air Trampoline Park. You can also challenge your group to the escape rooms at Xcape Adventures or treat them to a tranquil day at the city's Butterfly Trail.

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