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Address: Empire State Plaza, Albany, NY
Phone Number: (518) 474-4759
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9:00 am - 5:00 pm
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Mon - Fri 9:00 am - 5:00 pm

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Graduation event at the Convention Center

The convention center itself is set up very well for large events. But the parking setup, and the way it is run and finding your way around is another matter.

3 of 5 starsReviewed May 16, 2016
Bill K
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Hamburg, New York
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Halifax, Canada
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83 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2016

This location was the perfect setting for an Irish Dancing Competition. The meeting rooms are very large, the Main room is huge. The vast expanse of space and seating made it easy for families to relax while waiting during the day. The building is very elegant with the highly polished floors, well marked venue rooms, and spacious washroom facilities. We... More 

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Montreal, Canada
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36 reviews
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2016 via mobile

Attended a dance competition for my youngest daughter. Could not find access nor directions to the parking garage - drove around in circles for 15 minutes before finally parking on the street. Then we couldn't find a door to get into it - another 15 minutes wandering around. Once inside there were no signs nor anyone available to indicate where... More 

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Hamburg, New York
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2016

The convention center itself is set up very well for large events. But the parking setup, and the way it is run and finding your way around is another matter.

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Thank Bill K
Utica, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2016

The convention center is located in the large building that most of us call The Egg. The building has a bit of Brutal Modernism in it but the facilities are the best you'll find in Albany.

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Sidney, United States
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7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2016

We recently had to go to Albany Empire State Plaza for my daughters to perform at The Egg in a dance show. We found parking on the street to be fairly priced and easy to find. The plaza area was very nice to sit outside and enjoy lunch since it was a gorgeous day out. We thought that the entire... More 

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Houston, Texas
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 31, 2016 via mobile

Difficult to find, no nearby food, not enough opportunities to bump into colleagues. Not well designed by modern standards.

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Scranton, PA
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

We were here for a business event. The room itself was fine. It was terraced so everyone had a good view of the stage. The main issues we had were getting to the correct parking area and the lack of available food. The cafeteria was open for lunch but could only accommodate 200 of the 1,500 attendees. That was fine.... More 

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Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2015

The rooms we had for our meetings were all adequate to very good. The main room we used sat our 1500 or so folks quite well. Around the central floor area, there are 2 rising levels of seating which made for great viewing of the stage and the big screens and yet, we were still all fairly close to the... More 

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Stony Point, New York
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27 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

Located downstairs, underground. The only problem was to enter and exit on the Washington Avenue side you had to go through metal detectors. To enter and exit on the Madison Avenue side you did not. Strange.

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Derby, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 25, 2015

We walked through this area on our way to the NY state museum. It wasn't particularly early and we all remarked how deserted it was. We almost felt like we were in some apocalyptic world where we were the only humans left. The long reflecting pool is impressive along with the modern art sculptures. The EGG was an interesting sight... More 

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