Reception & Ceremony
October 4, 2018
The US Grant


San Diego Convention Center Sails Pavilion LED Light Display

This year the San Diego Convention Center debuted its newest feature: LED colored lights that illuminate the newly renovated iconic fabric roof. The lights change color and are visible across the waterfront from the Gaslamp Quarter to Coronado Bay, as well as to visitors flying in over downtown. Installed at a cost of $377,000, the colored lighting feature can also be synchronized to music.
The lighting system is the icing on the cake of the newly remodeled exhibit space, one of the most unique spaces in the conventions and meetings industry. “The Sails Pavilion is our Convention Center’s most distinguishing feature,” said San Diego Convention Center Corporation President & CEO Clifford “Rip” Rippetoe, CVE. “After 28 years in operation, it was time to reinvest and reimagine the space. Not only were we able to conduct necessary maintenance and upgrades without interfering with our business, but we were able to add something new that will make the Convention Center truly shine.”
Since the installation in February, the Sails Pavilion has been illuminated in several variations at the request of organizations hosting events in the building. The new feature has also allowed the convention center to light up the Sails Pavilion on holidays and community events like the Fourth of July, San Diego Pride, and Comic-Con.

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  • Project Address:

    111 W Harbor Dr, San Diego, CA 92101

    Project Owner/Developer:

    San Diego Convention Center

    Owner Contact Name/Email:

    Rita de la Fuente/

    Project Architect/Designer:

    Pro-Cal Lighting Inc / Brian Morales


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