Bartle Hall Convention Center (often referred to as the "Kansas City Convention Center" or simply Bartle Hall) is a major exposition hall in downtown Kansas City, Missouri, USA. It is named for Harold Roe Bartle, a prominent, two-term mayor of Kansas City in the 1950s and early 1960s. Bartle Hall's four tall art deco inspired pylons are a striking fixture in the Kansas City skyline. Bartle Hall Convention Center is Kansas City's largest complex of multifaceted structures dedicated to meetings and conventions, sports and entertainment.
It offers 388,800 square feet (36,120 m2) of column-free exhibit space on one floor, 211,000 square feet (19,600 m2) of tenant finishes, a 200,000-square-foot (20,000 m2) conference center, another 55,000 square feet (5,100 m2) of additional space on two levels, 45 meeting rooms, a 2,400-seat fine arts theater, and an arena that can seat over 10,700 people, along with a 46,450-square-foot (4,300 m2) ballroom that was scheduled for an April 2007 opening, all connected to major downtown hotels and underground parking by glass-enclosed skywalks and below-ground walkways. A unique Convention Center feature is the expansive Barney Allis Plaza, a public square ideal for outdoor receptions, festivals and concerts.