TD CONVENTION CENTER OVERVIEW
TD CONVENTION CENTER HISTORY
The first Southern Textile Exposition takes place at the old Piedmont and Northern Railroad Warehouse at the 300 block of West Washington Street in downtown Greenville.
The original Textile Hall opens in downtown Greenville.
The “new” Textile Hall opens at current location off Pleasantburg Drive on October 12, 1964.
Textile Hall completes its first expansion. Additional exhibit space is added in 1969, and again in 1977. The building now includes 368,000 sq. ft. of exhibit space and ranks as one of the largest exposition facilities in the country.
The James H. Woodside Conference Center is dedicated. A former President of Textile Hall Corporation, Mr. Woodside was instrumental in leading the growth of the facility in the 1960s and ‘70s. At the same time, the facility changed its name to the Palmetto International Exhibition and Convention Center, or Palmetto Expo Center.
The City of Greenville purchases the Palmetto Expo Center from Textile Hall Corp. for $6.75 million and contracts with SMG to manage the facility.
Carolina First Bank, a subsidiary of The South Financial Group which is headquartered in Greenville, buys the naming rights to the facility. The name is changed from Palmetto Expo Center to Carolina First Center.
Carolina First Center completes a $22 million renovation that improves the facility’s exhibit and meeting spaces and boosts connectivity with public spaces.
TD Convention Center makes its debut as the conversion of the Carolina First Bank brand to TD Bank continues throughout the Carolinas. Carolina First had a multi- year, naming rights sponsorship of the convention center, which TD Bank assumed with the acquisition of the bank.
“Expositions are the timekeepers of progress. They record the advancement, they stimulate the energy, enterprise and intellect of the people, and quicken human genius.”
–A. B. Carter in welcoming remarks to the first Southern Textile Exposition,
Greenville, South Carolina