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New events center set to open in Meridian

The Roaring Springs/Wahooz/Pinz complex is ready to grow again – this time with a new state-of-the-art meeting center.

Galaxy Event Center at Wahooz officially opens tomorrow, ahead of the Christmas events season.

“Holiday party season is big at Wahooz, Pinz, and now the Galaxy, so it was important that we were ready to welcome guests by November 1st,” sales and marketing directory Tiffany Quilici said. “We already have over 100 holiday parties booked and we’re continuing to take reservations.”

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The new space cost nearly $6 million and more than triples the amount of event and conference space.  The project came about after a request from Meridian’s mayor.

“A few years ago Meridian Mayor Tammy de Weerd put out a request for proposal for someone to build large event space in Meridian, so events wouldn’t have to go to Boise or Nampa,” Quilici said. “We commissioned a feasibility study two years ago and the results were favorable for building an event center the size of the Galaxy. We are already experiencing great demand for the space, which serves as confirmation that Idaho’s fastest growing city needed this facility.”

de Weerd will host her State of the City at Galaxy in February, after hosting the event at Meridian High School the past few years. A prom and gymnastics meet are also on the books in coming months.

The new facility boasts seating for ten to 600 people in what Quilici calls a “stunning, upscale space.”  The event center can be divided into as many as nine rooms – allowing for conferences, meetings, galas, trade shows and more. 

“The Galaxy has a huge wow-factor when you walk into the grand ballroom, including a 10,000 square foot star on the ceiling that lights up in any color of the rainbow,” she said. “All of the furnishings and fixtures are stylish, brand new and top quality. Large windows facing Roaring Springs Waterpark let in beautiful natural light.”

A new executive chef has been hired and the facility boasts a $1.5 million catering kitchen.

During a September meeting of the Greater Boise Auditorium District, executive director Pat Rice cited Galaxy as a new competitor for local events when forecasting demand at the Boise Centre for 2019.  The Galaxy space has about 12,500 square feet of meeting space while Boise Centre contains about 86,000 square feet between its two Downtown Boise facilities.

Qulici said the central location of the Roaring Springs/Wahooz/Pinz/Galaxy facility and free parking are key selling points.

“Most uniquely, the Galaxy mixes business with pleasure, so you can take a break from your meeting and energize everyone with a spin on the go-karts, a quick round of mini golf, or a few frames of bowling,” she said.

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Don Dayhttp://linkedin.com/in/donday
Don has been covering news in Boise for 20 years. He is a National Edward R. Murrow Award winner and a Stanford University John S. Knight Fellow.

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