NOTE: As stated below, you will need a valid Photo ID in order to enter, this is for both passengers and drivers.
1. SET UP TIME
Friday, March 6th: 12 pm-5:30pm
Please note: in preparation for the show’s opening on Saturday , the 24’x24’ elevator lift will be shut down at 4pm on Friday ramps (on the stairways) will be pulled at 8:30 am on Saturday. So please plan to arrive early.
Please register at the Show Information Desk after you begin to unload in the P-1 North unloading zone. The Show Information Desk will be located at the Main Entrance of the Convention Center. Exhibitors will be shown to their booth site and given additional instructions.
NOTE: Last year we arrived between 10 - 11am and I think we should stick with that again this year. It will allow us enough time to get our gear to the changing area while not being in anyone else's way.
To reach the Empire State Plaza Parking Garage, exit from Interstate 787 at
the Rensselaer/Empire State Plaza exit and follow signs to the Empire State
As you enter the tunnel, on your immediate right, you will see a sign for P-1
North. The over-sized door for the P-1 North Loading Dock and 24’x24’
elevator lift is on the right. The lift goes directly from the parking level to the main floor of the Convention Center.
The next parking level on the right will be P-2 North, followed by the V-Lot
(this is the Visitor’s Parking Lot). If you continue around the hairpin turn to
the left, you will exit the Plaza after you pass P-3 South, then P-2 South, and P-1 South.
Grand Street Lot:
Make a right out of P-1 North and go straight up the hill. Make the hairpin
turn at the top of the hill (going towards the left) and proceed down the
South side. ENTER P-1 SOUTH and GO THROUGH THE TUNNEL ON THE
LEFT SIDE. The tunnel will lead you to Madison Avenue. MAKE A LEFT
ONTO MADISON. At the SECOND TRAFFIC LIGHT, TURN LEFT INTO GRAND STREET and LEFT INTO THE PARKING LOT.
From Grand Street Parking Lot to ESP Convention Center (approx. 10 min.
walk): Walk over to Madison Avenue and go right, up the hill. You will see an overhang, which connects the Museum to the Empire State Plaza. Go right into the ESP and walk down the concourse towards the Base of the Egg and Convention Center.
Exhibitors with heavy equipment or large displays may use the P-1 North
Loading Dock, which provides access to the 24’x24’ elevator lift.
All other exhibitors will take the north passenger elevators to the Concourse level. The Concourse is accessible from any north parking lot/level. Please refer to the Concourse Level Map.
Because this is a NY State Facility, please note:
•NYS Troopers will be on hand to tow any vehicle that is parked illegally.
•All drivers and passengers must have valid photo I.D. in order to enter and/or park in the Empire State Plaza parking garages.
•All vehicles are subject to search.
NOTE per the instructions further below, you will park in either the P-1 North Lot or the Visitors parking. The troopers will be able to assist you if you need directions.
Let me know if there are any questions.