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Fox Cities Exhibition Center
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Address 355 West Lawrence Street
Appleton, WI 54911
Location Appleton, Wisconsin
Coordinates 44°15′37″N 088°24′35″W / 44.26028°N 88.40972°W / 44.26028; -88.40972
Owner City of Appleton
Operator Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel
Built 2016-2017
Inaugurated January 11, 2018 (2018-01-11)
Construction cost
$31.9 million
($31.9 million in 2018 dollars2018)
Enclosed space
 • Total space 87,000 square feet (8,100 m2)
 • Exhibit hall floor 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) Indoor
17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) Outdoor
 • Breakout/meeting 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) Paper Valley Hotel

The Fox Cities Exhibition Center is a multi-purpose convention center located in the city of Appleton, Wisconsin in the United States. The city of Appleton owns the center and is operated by the connected Paper Valley Hotel.

On September 29, 2016, ground was broken on the Fox Cities Exhibition Center. It was finished and inaugurated on January 11, 2018, for an estimated cost of $31.9 million. Funding for the construction of the center is being provided by a 3% hotel-room tax being charged throughout the Fox Cities region. It was designed by Zimmerman Architectural Studios and Miron Construction served as the general contractor.

The center is primarily used for conventions, meetings, trade shows, and community events. The Center welcomed over 60 events upon its first year open, which bypassed the expected events goal, with many more events planned for the future. Please visit the link below to the Fox Cities Exhibition Center website for more detailed information.


The Fox Cities Exhibition Center is located 0.2 miles away from Appleton's city center. It is attached to the Red Lion Hotel Paper Valley through a sky-walk, is located next door to the Outagamie County Justice Center and adjoins to Jones Park which has been remodeled to match the convention center and is now open.


The Fox Cities Exhibition Center features 30,000 square feet (2,800 m2) of flexible meeting/convention space across three separate halls which are separated by movable walls which allows the space to be tuned into one large hall. There is also a large 17,000 square feet (1,600 m2) outdoor plaza space. The center is connected to the nearby Red Lion Paper Valley Hotel via a skyway, which contains an additional 40,000 square feet (3,700 m2) of ballroom, banquet, and meeting space.

The center features an 82-foot (25 m)-tall spire lit by light-emitting diodes (LEDs) commemorating 1882 when the first hydroelectric power plant in the world was put into operation on the Fox River in Appleton. The LEDs will be able to be programmed to display different shows for events throughout the year.

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