The Portland Metropolitan Exposition Center (the “Expo Center”) is the area’s principle destination for consumer public shows, trade shows and public events. The facility hosts close to 100 events a year, attracting more than 500,000 attendees. With over 2000 hotel rooms in the area, as well as plenty of shopping and dining, the Portland Expo Center has become a Portland staple–one that offers a unique history.
The site’s original buildings were erected in the early 1920?s by the Pacific International (?P.I.?) Livestock Association, and were used to house meat processing plants and stockyards. On a sadder note, during World War II, the facility became the temporary home for more than 3,500 Japanese-Americans. Multnomah County purchased the property in 1965, renaming it the Multnomah County Exposition Center. The remodeled facility began hosting the annual County Fair in 1969, as well as an increasing number of consumer events. It’s growth continued through the 80′s with the addition of trade shows. In 1994, Metro and MERC inherited the property from Multnomah County. Construction immediately began on Hall E, a 108,000-square-foot exhibition facility. This modern facility, which eventually opened in 1997, has all the required amenities: column-free exhibit space, temperature control systems, loading bays, a large lobby and meeting rooms.
2060 N Marine Drive
Portland, OR 97217
Portland Expo Center on Portland Octopus