Drummerworld Pro Drummer - Administrator
I would venture to say there's not a facility in Dallas metro that could accommodate the winter show. It's a HUGE event that takes up a LOT of space. The Anaheim Convention Center boasts 5 large halls totaling 813,000sqf, an arena with 28,000sqf, a hallway that connects them with an additional 20 exhibitors, a 2nd floor with meeting rooms/halls totaling 65,000sqf, a 3rd floor* with more meeting rooms totaling almost 16,000sqf, two newer halls totaling 200,000sqf, and NAMM fills every hall with very little wasted space.I mean I get it, nice weather, other stuff to do...those of us with no other reason to go other than the convention are kinda left out. Dallas is pretty much the same distance from east/west/north coasts. It's the big show, the rest of us want to go too!
Oh yeah, Yamaha hasn't been able to fit in the halls for some time, so they exhibit in the adjacent Marriott ballrooms totaling over 35,000sqf. AND there are additional companies now exhibiting at the Marriott starting a few shows ago.
That's almost 1.2 million sqf of indoor space. There's also a large outdoor concert stage.
If there was another facility prepared to handle it, they would be courting NAMM with all sorts of incentives to move it there. According to my sources - several exhibiting companies - NAMM has not proposed moving the show.
For comparison purposes, the Los Angeles Convention Center, which Wikipedia describes as "one of the largest convention centers in the United States) is only 720,000sqf, with an additional 147,000sqf of "meeting space", which falls significantly short to house NAMM (not to mention the relative lack of hotel rooms, and impossible traffic in downtown L.A.) Trust me, L.A. would LOVE to have that business, but they can't handle the size or offer the amenities and ease of access that Anaheim offers.
* These 2nd and 3rd level rooms are where some of the major guitar, piano, and drum companies such as DW and Pearl show their wares.