Military events run with the precision you've come to expect.


Military events are run with precision at the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Your attendees will appreciate a team knowledgeable about military protocol and a location a short distance from five military installations. Meeting rooms with programmable keypad locks are available for classified events, and 24-hour security can be arranged.


Please see our additional military event enhancements, and then contact our sales team at 850-609-3800 to schedule your next event!


"Did a wonderful job! Truly outstanding! Without a doubt, we will use the Emerald Coast Convention Center again! Job well done! Hats off to you all!

— Jeleta Mathis, Eglin AAC/XR


"Everyone there is terrific to work with and goes out of their way to do whatever is needed. Thanks for another great event. I always feel like part of the Emerald Coast Convention Center family."

— Donna Lassiter, NDIA Armament Symposium


"On two occasions in the last two months I attended events hosted by the Emerald Coast Convention Center. Each was attended by over 900 people with a cocktail hour followed by a sit-down dinner with full AV support for guest speakers, including background videos and slide shows. On each occasion the staff expertly accommodated every request and executed each phase of service with professional attitudes and in keeping with the dignity of each event. The Emerald Coast is truly a visitor's paradise, and the quality provided by the Convention Center staff and the Visitor's Bureau adds greatly to the experience."

— Gene Eller, CMSgt USAF (Ret.)


Services the Emerald Coast Convention Center can arrange to make your event a success:

  • 15' x 25' American flag rigged from ceiling complimentary for all military events
  • Three major military installations within 20 minutes and two others within 70 miles
  • POW table for fallen comrades ceremony
  • DV parking available
  • Several military accommodations within 20 minutes of the convention center: Destin Army Recreation Area, Eglin Inns and Commando Inn
  • 4' x 42' red carpet available for awards banquets
  • Dressing room usage for the honor guard
  • Usage of prerecorded national anthem
  • Intelligent lights capable of being programmed with stars and stripes or red, white and blue washes
  • Several retired military personnel and military wives on staff with a deeper understanding of our military personnel's needs
  • Ability to accommodate more than 2,300 people at one time in the same unobstructed space
  • Wheelchair lift to stage for wounded soldiers and veterans
  • POW flags
  • Specialty linen can be ordered, including tablecloths, overlays, chair covers and chair sashes to coordinate with a red, white and blue theme or military branch colors, and much more
  • Custom gobos to project military seals
  • Follow spots to easily showcase/designate award recipients
  • Red, white and blue centerpieces from simple flags to high-end floral designs
  • Smaller meeting rooms available for VIP receptions, award ceremonies or separate briefings
  • Coordination with security/EMS/fire to ensure the safety of all attendees


The following amenities are free of charge with all meeting room rentals:

  • Complimentary Wireless Internet access
  • Complete pre-event coordination, including assistance with submitting RFPs for area accommodations
  • Room setup diagrams using Meeting MatrixImageCertified Room Layouts
  • Box office usage
  • Dressing rooms
  • Parking
  • Unlimited client coordination meetings
  • Two dressed tables
  • Tables and chairs for room setup (does not include vendor or display tables)
  • An 8' x 16' riser
  • A podium with stationary gooseneck microphone
  • On-site event coordinator and support staff
  • Marquee advertising services
  • LCD panel advertising services
  • Web site advertising services
  • In-house directional signage


The Emerald Coast Convention Center does not impose a service charge on top of AV, personnel or equipment rental fees, saving you up to 25%.