Aerial view of Conference Center
Grand Hall Main Lobby
More Grand Hall Area
The 125 Rank Pipe Organ
Rostrum Is One Giant Stage
Seating For 21,000
Not One Bad Seat, 20'X30' Video Screens
Broadcast Camera Control Suite
- Announced: April 6, 1996, by President Gordon B. Hinckley
- Ground broken: July 24, 1997
- Dedicated: October 8, 2000, by President Gordon B. Hinckley
- Location: Covers most of the block directly north of Temple Square, bounded by North
Temple, West Temple, 200 North, and Main Street
- Exterior materials: south and west faces of 1½"-thick panels of granite (quartzite) quarried from Little Cottonwood Canyon; north and east faces of ashlar granite, also from Little Cottonwood
- Dimensions: approximately 1.4 million square feet of floor space
- Seating capacity: 21,333 in Conference
Center. (By comparison, Madison Square Garden's main arena seats around 20,000, and the Delta Center in Salt Lake City can hold up to 20,400, although these are sports arenas. It is believed that the Conference Center is the world's largest theater-type building.)
Other Interesting Facts:
- Nearly 750,000 cubic yards of dirt were excavated during construction
- The building and grounds cover 10 acres or one city block--the same area as all of Temple Square.
- The building incorporates 15,000 tons of concrete reinforcing steel and 10,000 tons of structural steel.
- The roof incorporates between 3 and 4 acres of landscaping, with meadows, trees, and fountains.
- The building incorporates over 50,000 miles of wire--enough to encircle the globe twice.
(And that doesn't include any of the organ's own wiring!)