Hosting Safe and Healthy Events at the Pennsylvania Convention Center

Meeting the Moment Through Strong Partnerships

This past April, Philadelphia successfully hosted East Coast Volleyball’s 2021 Northeast Volleyball Qualifier (NEQ) tournament—the city’s first citywide event in over a year–at the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

By hosting NEQ, Philadelphia became the first major Northeast city (Washington D.C., Baltimore, New York City, Boston) to host a citywide event at a convention center since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic. The event took place over three separate weekends with more than 21,000 attendees visiting the Pennsylvania Convention Center.

Keeping all players, coaches, spectators, and hospitality workers safe was the top priority. Working in close collaboration with the Philadelphia Department of Public Health, the Pennsylvania Convention Center, ASM Global and NEQ organizers, a detailed health and safety plan was developed to meet the challenges of planning during a pandemic.

Science led the way. Significant infrastructure improvements were made during the past year at the PCC, which enabled the Center to meet and exceed current health and safety standards.

Flexibility in planning was essential with a highly collaborative and cooperative event organizing partner in East Coast Volleyball.

Collaboration and coordination among Philadelphia’s key tourism partners ensured the event’s success.


“The PHLCVB team knows how to get things done. They are great partners with a personal approach who respect our time and pay special attention to the needs of event planners—it’s why we return to Philadelphia time and again. Especially during this unprecedented time, we knew they would adapt, be flexible and help us figure out exactly how to have a successful event.”

Tom Pingel, Chief Operating Officer, East Coast Volleyball

With a proven track record of success, plus a flexible, creative and highly collaborative team, the PHLCVB stands ready to make your next event a success. Contact us today to start planning your next event and let us help you “Meet the Moment” in Philadelphia.

Northeast Volleyball Qualifier Case Study

The PHLCVB recently released a case study detailing the health and safety protocols enacted during all three weekends of the tournament and also providing an analysis of lessons learned and best practices that will allow Philadelphia to host safe and effective events.

Click Here to Read the Case Study


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