Washington Convention Center Hosts the Inaugural Balls

In preparation for the festivities surrounding President Obama’s second inauguration, the Washington Convention Center was transformed into a three-story party place for tens of thousands of party-attendees.

The top floor was reserved for the Commander in Chief Ball for members of the military, the only place where  the presidential seal was displayed.

One floor down hosts some of the performers at the public inaugural ball, including Alicia Keys, Brad Paisley, Fun., members of the Glee cast, John Legend and many more.

Down on the bottom floor, there are three continuous halls, about 473,000 square feet. It was standing room as thousands of inaugural ball ticket buyers waited to catch a glimpse of the first couple.

The Washington Convention Center was designed to offer authentic experiences unique to its location location – Grand architectural gestures linked together more intimate gathering spots for the President’s guests last night.

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