Yes, the 2020 SEMA Show was cancelled but the 2021 SEMA Show was scheduled for Nov. 2-5, 2021.
The number of SEMA Show attendees for 2021 is somewhat of a projection right now, but have a lot of historical data to rely on. We can also show how big the show is in terms of square feet. And, for fun, let’s compare it to the Empire State Building!
What is SEMA?
The SEMA Show is the aftermarket industry’s annual trade show in Las Vegas at the massive Las Vegas Convention Center (LVCC) and it’s hard to describe if you haven’t attended. It’s produced by SEMA, the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
When people ask, “what is SEMA?” they may be referring to the show (commonly just called “SEMA” by attendees) or they may be referring to the trade association.
It’s a four-day aftermarket industry event that brings in 162,000 attendees including more than 70,000 buyers from the industry. Attendees come from all over the U.S. and 140 countries. They come to see more than 2,400 exhibiting companies.
One of the interesting statistics is the length of one of the exhibit halls, the Upper South Hall where you find truck products, business services, powersports companies and some first-time exhibitors. That’s only one of several halls that contain the massive SEMA Show.
How big is SEMA?
The Upper South Hall is 464,658 square feet and is approximately 1,690 feet end-to-end. The Empire State Building is a “mere” 1,454 feet tall including the spire. If you could somehow lay the Empire State Building on its side with its base at the entrance to the Upper South Hall, the tip of the antenna would end near the International Surface Technologies, #34308 or the McKee’s booth, #33308.
The other halls combine for 1.2 million net square feet of exhibit space, plus 1 million additional square feet of attractions around the convention center and in the Westgate Las Vegas Resort & Casino next door. There are 1,500 feature vehicles scheduled and over 3,000 products featured in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase.
So, how big is it? Very big.
SEMA 2021 by the numbers:
- 71,000 companies with buyers at the show.
- 3,300 media representatives representing online digital and print publications.
- 2,400 exhibits.
- Over 3,000 new products in the New Products Showcase.
- Attendees from 140 countries.
Get more SEMA Show information
For up-to-date information on the 2021 SEMA Show, held Tuesday, Nov. 2 through Friday, November 5, 2021, visit SEMAShow.com.
We hope to see you in Las Vegas in 2021. If you’re discussing the show on social media, use the hashtag #SEMA2021.
Confused about how to get into SEMA? Just follow that link.
SEMA Show coincides with AAPEX
And of course if you’re attending the AAPEX Show at the Sands Convention Center use the hashtag #AAPEX21 on social media. The AAPEX Show is November 2-4, 2021 and is co-owned by The AutoCare Association and AASA.
Source for Las Vegas Convention Center dimensions: Google Maps and Vegas Means Business.
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