The Cervantes Convention Center is named after the late businessman, promoter and Mayor of St. Louis, Alfonso J. Cervantes. Cervantes was Mayor of St. Louis from 1965 to 1973 and was known for his passion for the region, the power of his personality and penchant for getting things done. Cervantes spearheaded the original development of the convention center which first opened its doors in 1977. Since then, the center was expanded to the south in 1993 followed by the opening of The Dome at America’s Center in 1995. Today the Cervantes Convention Center is part of the America’s Center Convention Complex, consisting of 502,000 square feet of exhibit and event space, a 28,000 square foot ballroom, 1,400 seat theater and 67,000 seat domed stadium.