WESTWEGO, La. -- Jefferson Parish will have a new meetings venue
available this winter. The John A. Alario Event Center is to make
its debut Feb. 1 in 580-acre Bayou Segnette State Park here.
According to Blake Dardar, general manager of the center, Jefferson
Parish is expanding its position in the visitor market.
"With the opening of the Alario Event
Center, Jefferson Parish can share more in some of the things that
bring people to the New Orleans area. "They will now have the
options of the suburbs," Dardar said.
He said debut events include a black-tie dinner, with the
proceeds going to a "Dollars For Scholars" college scholarship
fund. Other activities feature a reception for area dignitaries;
interactive games for children, and a mini-music festival.
The Event Center is a joint venture of the state, Jefferson
Parish and the Louisiana Super Dome Commission. "We spent $13.7
million to develop this site," Dardar said.
He said among the bookings already on the calendar are a
motorcycle show in March, the Louisiana Philharmonic in April and
the Louisiana State Games in May. In late May and June, several
high school graduations will be held on the premises.
The Alario Center features 30,240 square feet of open,
column-free, hardwood floor space and 2,400 theater seats. The
facility is designed for sports events, meetings, shows, banquets
There are three meeting rooms with movable walls; three
exhibition halls (the largest with a capacity for up to 150
booths); eight locker rooms; a full-service kitchen and two
concession locations in the lobby.
John A. Alario Event Center, Phone: (504) 349-5525