Elsewhere in the Garden State, the New Meadowlands Stadium opened in August. In 2014, the venue, located in East Rutherford, will host Super Bowl XLVIII. Event spaces include the 10,700-square-foot Commissioner’s Club, whose fireplace and paneled walls “follow in the tradition of New York’s greatest private clubs,” said Judith Ross, director of the Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau. The Mezzanine Clubs, 30,000 square feet each, are ballroom spaces. Even the field is available for large parties.
Rooms at the Holiday Inn Harmon Meadow in Secaucus are newly renovated, as are the lobby space, restaurant and fitness center. The property has 8,346 square feet of space. The Newark Airport Marriott has announced it will add a 10,000-square-foot ballroom, part of a $164 million upgrade that should be ready for the Super Bowl in 2014.
In Princeton, the 296-room Westin Princeton at Forrestal Village completed a $9 million renovation that encompassed meeting spaces. The 22,000 square feet of meeting space includes a 9,800-square-foot ballroom.
The Princeton area in September welcomed Just Add Water, a 6,700-square-foot meeting venue in Hillsborough. The facility is part of Community Options, a national nonprofit group that employs and trains people with disabilities.
Restaurants with meeting space abound in the bustling Cherry Hill-Marlton corridor, less than 15 minutes from Philadelphia. “We draw from all over,” said Victoria Hutchinson, who handles events at Maggiano’s Little Italy in Cherry Hill. “Campbell Soup Co. comes a few times a month.” Maggiano’s four meeting rooms can handle from 20 to 200 guests.
In January, the restaurant was joined by Dublin Square Restaurant and Pub in Cherry Hill. Its upstairs meeting space for 125 has had “all kinds of meetings, from pharmaceutical events to chamber of commerce lunches,” said Lenny DeFiore, the front-of-the-house manager.
Hutchinson isn’t worried about the competition. “There is definitely enough business to go around,” she said.
Meadowlands Liberty Convention and Visitors Bureau
Princeton Regional Chamber of Commerce
Camden County Regional Chamber of Commerce