USS Midway Museum
The USS Midway is the longest-serving U.S.
Navy aircraft carrier of the 20th century,
touring for 47 years from the end of World
War II to the liberation of Kuwait in 1991.
Anchored along San Diego’s embarcadero
since 2004, near both the San Diego Convention Center and the San Diego International Airport, it can accommodate groups
from 65 to 4,000.
“When visitors and event attendees want
to experience the city they are visiting,
nothing says U.S. Navy more than holding an event aboard the USS Midway,”
says Midway’s marketing director, Scott
The USS Midway, which has carried over
150,000 American soldiers, allows visitors
and groups to explore exhibits, climb in
cockpits and helicopters and experience
With the city’s year-round temperate
climate, the 50,000-square-foot flight deck,
which offers views of the San Diego skyline,
the San Diego Bay and the iconic Coronado
Bridge, is a unique outdoor option. The flight
deck has over 30 restored naval aircrafts and
offers flexible space for any type of event.
“San Diego’s world-best climate makes a
flight deck event possible throughout the
year,” McGaugh says. “It’s a setting in San
Diego Bay that can’t be replicated in any
ballroom or convention center.”
The two indoor Hangar Bays showcase
WWII aircraft and can seat up to 600 or
accommodate 1,500 for a reception. Hangar
Bay 1 features the museum’s 90-seat Battle
of Midway Theater and exhibit. The smaller
space, the Faintail Sponson, is a patio-style
deck that can accommodate up to 75.
Naval Training Center (NTC) at
For over 75 years, hundreds of thousands
of Navy recruits were trained at the Naval
Training Center (NTC). Since it was decommissioned in 1997, NTC has been
recognized as a historical property
for its architectural significance.
The grounds, known now as Liber-
ty Station, are home to restaurants,
bars, shops, grocers, event space and the
soon-to-be open Liberty Public Market, a
multi-vendor space similar
to San Francisco’s Ferry
Building and Seattle’s
Pike Place Market.
offers two conference or banquet
halls, five breakout rooms and
for groups of all
sizes. The largest
indoor venue, the
McMillin Companies Event Center, was once
the base library and can accommodate up to
800 attendees, while the 75,000-square-foot
grassy North Promenade can be used for all
types of outdoor events.
The Dick Laub NTC Commend Center
serves as a 5,800-square-foor executive
conference center with five spaces, including
a boardroom that can host 60 people the-ater-style. The space opens to the foyer and
Rose Garden, which can accommodate larger
receptions and events.
The newest venue is the historic barracks
building, the Barracks 17 Event Center
and Barracks 17 Plaza. The 2,000 square
feet of renovated indoor space is ideal for
groups from 60 to 180 and opens to the
San Diego Wine & Culinary Event
With the feel and ambience of a winery, the
urban-based San Diego Wine & Culinary
Event Center offers a full-demonstration
kitchen, reception space and patio for
groups. The 7,500-square-foot venue is
within walking distance of the San Diego
Convention Center, the Gaslamp Quarter
and PETCO Park, and can accommodate 20
to 500 guests.
“Whenever you have a party at your
house, where does everyone end up hanging
out? The kitchen! Our goal is to take that
feeling of warmth and happiness and bring it
to corporate groups in our venue,” explains
Shannon McQuade, sales and marketing
consultant for the event center.
The Bordeaux Cellar
features a tasting bar and
exhibition kitchen and
can seat 100 guests
while the Fallbrook
Cellar can be used
as a private space
➤ The Hilton La Jolla Torrey Pines (www.
hiltonlajollatorreypines.com) completed a
renovation of its meeting and event space.
The 394-room hotel offers more than
20,000 square feet of space and 21 meeting
rooms, including the 12,000-square-foot,
pillar-free Grande Ballroom.
➤ Expected to open in summer 2016 in the
Gaslamp Quarter is the Pendry San Diego
( www.pendryhotels.com). The 317-room hotel,
located three blocks from the convention center, will include several restaurants and bars,
including an underground nightclub and a beer
hall. The hotel will feature an 8,600-square-
foot ballroom and additional meeting rooms
➤ The 129-room Kona Kai Resort & Spa (www.
resortkonakai.com) completed a property-wide renovation that included the guest
rooms, spa, Vessel restaurant and meeting
space. The Noble House and Hotels property
offers 13,000 square feet of indoor meeting
space, most of which has bay and marina
views and includes the nearly 9,400-square-
foot Point Loma Ballroom. The property also
has 43,000 square feet of outdoor venues,
including San Diego’s only private beach, outfitted with fire pits and available for events.
➤ Renovations are underway at Kimpton Hotels
and Restaurants’ Hotel Solamar (www.hotel
solamar.com). All 235 rooms, the lobby and
8,800 square feet of event space will be
revamped with completion slated for spring
2016. The hotel has six meeting rooms, two
hospitality suites, a private dining area at the
on-site restaurant JSix, along with a rooftop
terrace that can accommodate up to 500 for
a reception. The meeting space, including the
3,300-square-foot Solstice Ballroom, will also
NTC at Liberty Station
San Diego Wine & Culinary
USS Midway Museum
Kona Kai Resort & Spa