Military Events at the Emerald Coast Convention Center

Expert Event Planning for the Armed Forces

At the Emerald Coast Convention Center, military events are run with precision. Your attendees will appreciate a team knowledgeable about and respectful of military protocol in a convenient location just a short distance from five military installations.

Indoor Space for Military Events

The Center provides an impressive 32,000 square feet of adaptable meeting space, all customizable to your specifications, making military event planning simple. For large gatherings, our column-free 21,200-square-foot Grand Ballroom is the perfect venue and can accommodate more than 2,300 people at one time in the same space. Ample pre-function space allows for smooth event check-in and registration, and multiple outdoor patios allow military members the chance to step outside between sessions.

The Emerald Coast Convention Center also includes 12 smaller meeting rooms, ranging from 425 to 1,575 square feet. With many configuration options, we can adjust the rooms to your specific purpose.  A spacious loading dock and direct room access allow easy setup and breakdown. To ensure privacy and safety, meeting rooms with programmable keypad locks are available for classified events, and 24-hour security can be arranged.

Outdoor Space for Military Events

The convention center is also home to the spacious Bayview Plaza, a 30,000-square-foot outdoor venue. The area is equipped with electricity and water and provides additional space for large events that want to take advantage of the fresh Gulf air and views of Choctawhatchee Bay.

Let’s Start Planning Your Event

At the Emerald Coast Convention Center, military events are special to us. With several retired military personnel and military family members on staff, we are proud of our connection to the armed forces. This connection allows us to have a deeper understanding of our military personnel's needs. We know you’ll notice the difference.

Contact our team at 850-609-3800 to schedule your next military event. Our team is available to answer questions and offer assistance with unlimited military event coordination.

Military Event Features

Room Features

  • 15-by-25-foot American flag
  • Wheelchair lift to stage for wounded soldiers and veterans
  • POW flags
  • Specialty linen may be ordered to coordinate with a red, white, and blue theme or military branch colors
  • Smaller meeting rooms available for VIP receptions, award ceremonies, or separate briefings

Technology Features

  • Red, white, and blue up-lighting available
  • Custom gobos to project military seals

Amenities

  • Dressing room available for the honor guard

Military Extras

  • POW table for fallen comrades ceremony
  • Red carpet available for awards banquets
  • Disabled Veteran (DV)  parking available
  • Several military accommodations within 20 minutes of the convention center: Destin Army Recreation Area, Eglin Inns, and Commando Inn
  • Follow spotlights to easily showcase/designate award recipients
  • Coordination with security/EMS/fire to ensure the safety of all attendees

Complimentary Amenities, Equipment and Services

The following are provided free of charge with all meeting room rentals.

Event Planning Services

  • Complete pre-event planning and coordination
  • Assistance selecting area accommodations
  • Room setup diagrams
  • Unlimited client coordination meetings

On-Site Convention Center Amenities, Equipment and Services

  • On-site event coordinator and support staff
  • Wi-Fi internet access
  • Parking including covered and open air with elevator access
  • Directional signage
  • Two (2) dressed tables
  • Tables and chairs for event set (not including vendor/trade show tables)
  • 8-by-12-foot riser
  • Microphone, mixer, and house sound patch

Advertising Services

  • Marquee
  • Internal signs
  • Website calendar and social media