Find Your Team's
What the St. Louis Blues can teach us about producing champions
By Lulu Steff
Are you searching for the perfect place to hold your next big meeting, conference, or teambuilding event? Whether your goals include education, innovation, networking, corporate planning or all of the above, St. Louis is uniquely prepared to provide a championship experience.
To find out what we mean by a championship experience, look no further than the story of the St. Louis Blues.
The hockey team’s remarkable rise from underdogs to Stanley Cup winners is just one example of how St. Louis builds champions. After coming together around Laura Branigan’s anthem “Gloria,” the team skyrocketed to success. That culture of camaraderie, of banding together over a shared experience, is at the heart of the St. Louis experience.
In a survey conducted in 2019, 9 in 10 meeting attendees rated their experience “excellent” or “very good,” sighting the city’s hospitality, accessibility, and incredible food as the main reasons why they’d recommend St. Louis to other visitors and meeting planners. While many destinations have large hotels and conference centers, St. Louis offers a comprehensive experience that extends beyond the boardroom.
Whatever your industry, whatever your goal, the key to success lies in bringing people together for a shared experience. Hit the town after your conference or meeting and ask the DJ to play your team’s favorite tunes—you might just find your Gloria moment. And there’s no better place to do that than St. Louis, the home of The Blues.
The newly renovated America’s Center Convention Complex can accommodate meetings of any size.
- 1.2 million square feet of total space
- 502,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space in six halls
- More than 80 flexible meeting rooms
- 28,000 square foot ballroom
- 1,400-seat Ferrara Theatre
- 67,000-seat Dome at America’s Center
A multi-million dollar building boom has resulted in a host of new and renewed properties in St. Louis.
- Almost 7,500 downtown hotel rooms
- More than 40,000 rooms available area-wide
- Home to some of the most premier hotel brands in the industry, including Marriott, Four Seasons, Hilton, Westin, Embassy Suites, Drury, Holiday Inn and Hyatt
- Amazing new additions like Hotel Saint Louis, Angad Arts Hotel, The Last Hotel and a Live! by Loews Hotel (coming in early 2020)
Looking for your team’s Gloria moment? Whether you plan a formal event, or just visit once meetings wrap up for the day, there’s a good chance you’ll find it at one of these places.
- Ballpark Village: So much more than a stadium, Ballpark Village is the ultimate hub of food, drink, sports, and live entertainment in St. Louis.
- Anheuser-Busch Brewery: Budweiser’s largest and oldest brewery site, a tour of this historic brick building and the work that goes on inside it could almost count as professional development.
- Union Station: Mini golf, Mirror Mazes, the St. Louis Wheel, and an aquarium are just some of the attractions that helped this historic train station earn its reputation as The Grandest Station in the Nation.
- City Museum: There’s nothing like unbridled joy and child-like wonder to inspire and invigorate a tired team. You’ll find that in spades at The City Museum, a totally hands on and interactive museum that is part art exhibit, part playground, all fun.
- Forest Park: Fresh air, fresh team. Forest Park is one of the most beautiful and renowned urban parks in America. Have a team picnic, play lawn games, and then enjoy one or more of the major cultural institutions in the park—Missouri History Museum, The Muny, Saint Louis Art Museum, Saint Louis Science Center, and the Saint Louis Zoo.
Located at the intersection of four major interstates (I-55, 64, 70 and 44), St. Louis is easily accessible for anyone driving from the central U.S.
- 13 miles from downtown
- 10 major carriers
- 235 daily departures
- Over 26,500 seats daily
- 75 non-stop destinations
The MetroLink light rail system is accessible via both Terminals 1 and 2, and features stops at convenient locations, including: America’s Center Convention Complex and throughout downtown St. Louis, the Central West End, Forest Park, The Loop, Clayton, Richmond Heights and many more.