Bemidji's Convention Center & Arena on Lake Bemidji

Awarded the Prime Site Award for Excellence from the Facilities Media Group, the Sanford Center, overlooking Lake Bemidji, offers unmatched, flexible space for all meeting and events needs.

As greater Minnesota's premier facility, Bemidji's 185,000 sq. ft. Center offers flexible space to accommodate meetings, conventions, exhibits, sport activities, training, concerts… just about any event or gathering need you have!


Concerts & Events

Sanford Center's concert space offers seating configurations for attendances of 1500 to 5800, with main floor space for 160 vendor booths. Sanford facilities include:

  • Built-in concession stands
  • Communication & media center facilities
  • Truck access to arena floor

If you are looking to offer premium seat options, one of 25 private Luxury Suites are available. Each Suite can accommodate up to 16 guests and includes prime amenities that include:

  • Comfortable leather balcony seating arrangements
  • Wet bar with refrigerator overlooking the arena
  • 34" High Definition flat screen TV
  • Food & beverage catering with personal server

Conferences, Banquets & Meetings

Our beautiful lakeside location with flexible space options is what makes Bemidji's Convention Center the perfect location. With multiple sectioned floor combinations, the facility also includes generous space for pre-function needs, registration and coat check. Plus three truck docks allow for easy access for set-up and tear down.

Sanford Center's space includes:

  • 10,000 sq. ft. Grand Ballroom
  • Ballroom that can be divided into three 3,300 sq. ft. ballrooms
  • Four 1,000 sq. ft. lakeside Meeting Rooms or interconnect two of the Meeting Rooms for 2,000 sq. ft.

Plus all rooms are:

  • Audio/Visual ready
  • Wi-Fi accessible
  • Electric, data and A/V utility grid


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Greater Minnesota's premier meeting and event facility, Bemidji's 185,000 sq. ft. Convention Center is the perfect location to host your...

  • Conferences, Banquets & Meetings
  • Exhibit Space
  • Concerts & Events
  • Food & Promotional Services
  • Sports

Exhibit Space

The Grand Ballroom and Arena offers up to 45,000 sq. ft of interconnected space, easily accommodating 325 vendor booths. Convenient, free parking is included for up to 1,200 vehicles.

Food & Promotional Services

Sanford Center staff are available to service your event needs with:

  • Full kitchen facilities to provide in-house catering
  • Complete food & beverage and concession management services
  • Event booking and promotional services
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