The Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center complex is comprised of four main areas that can all operate independently or be combined to offer unparalleled access for your guests to a variety of events and services.
Here is a short overview of each of the venues and what they have to offer. The flexibility that each has will allow you to create a truly unique experience for your visitors.
Outfitted with more than 7,200 of the widest, most comfortable seats anywhere, Selland Arena is one of Central California’s premier event venues. Widely known for having the best sightlines in the Valley – where every seat is close to the action— the arena also boasts the largest general admission floor in the region, expanding the capacity to 9,200. This Fresno icon, which has hosted countless concerts and sporting events, is home to the annual Disney On Ice, CA/USA Wrestling Competitions, Rainbow Girls, and Valentine’s Super Love Jam concert just to name a few. On the North and South Concourses, you will find concession areas with selections of hot and cold items, beverages as well as merchandise areas for purchase of show items.
The jewel of Central California, the Saroyan Theatre distinguishes itself with unparalleled elegance and luxurious seating and has hosted some of the world’s most renowned performers during its rich history. The Saroyan Theatre is Fresno’s premier cultural arts destination and home to the area’s leading performing arts groups, including the Fresno Philharmonic Orchestra, San Joaquin Valley Town Hall, Broadway in Fresno, Valley Performing Arts Council and Lively Arts Foundation. The theatre also hosts a variety of comedy shows, concerts, family entertainment, business meetings, and community events.
This historic 2,351-seat performing arts theatre recently underwent an extensive renovation which included front-of-house enhancements to the main lobby and VIP Lower Lobby Lounge, as well as back-of-house upgrades with eight state-of-the-art dressing rooms and star rooms, two 2nd floor chorus rooms, two production offices and a green room with built-in kitchenette and comfortable seating, all while retaining the old-world charm of this iconic and elegant theatre named after Fresno’s own acclaimed Oscar and Pulitzer Prize-winning author, William Saroyan. The theatre features two concession areas with selections of superb snacks, cocktails, and non-alcoholic beverages – all of which can be pre-ordered prior to the show and ready to pick up at intermission. The Saroyan Theatre welcomes every type of performer and invites patrons to experience live entertainment in a grand style.
Recent Upgrade to a State of the Art Listen Technology Assistive Listening Device System
The Fresno Convention & Entertainment Center is proud to announce a recent upgrade to a state of the art Listen Technology Assistive Listening Device System (ALD) in Saroyan Theatre. The upgraded ALD system will give hearing-impaired audiences the opportunity to experience Saroyan Theatre like never before. This system will allow up to 92 patrons the ability to use these receivers during any event held in Saroyan Theatre free of charge located in the lobby area near the box office on the south side.
Fresno Convention Center:
I With three exhibit halls that can be used separately or combined into one large hall, the venue offers more than 66,000 square feet of ﬂexible space, along with a 12,000 square foot lobby on the first floor perfect for pre-function receptions, registrations, and displays along with a full-service kitchen, perfect for exhibits, conventions, and trade shows, as well as social functions such as weddings, banquets, and community events. The second ﬂoor which comprises 18,500 square feet offers 20 meeting rooms, including an exhibitor lounge with skylight overlooking the main hall that can be easily conﬁgured with a variety of options for meetings and breakout sessions.
From large conventions to small meetings, from large public events to small private affairs, the Fresno Convention Center offers space, ﬂexibility, and service and could be just right for you.
The Newly Renovated Valdez Hall is one of our largest venues and offers versatile space for social events such as dances, banquets, and weddings, as well as meetings, conventions, tradeshows, and other special events. This multi-purpose area is a 32,000 square-foot hall and column-free. Valdez has an attached full-service kitchen, a 20′ x 30′ built-in performance stage, two green rooms, a bridal or VIP room and is great value for a venue of its size. As Fresno’s original convention center, the Valdez Hall is ideally suited for large celebrations, business functions, community gatherings, and sporting events from 300-1000. The newly renovated 2nd floor of Valdez consists of four meeting rooms with ample space for breakout meeting rooms, workshops, or babysitting areas for the kids during your social event!