The 2022 SEMA Show is scheduled for Nov. 1-4, 2022 and if you’re wondering how big is SEMA, we’ll attempt to show you the scale and square footage.
The new West Hall
The new West Hall, across Paradise Avenue (shown here in blue), brings on over 1 million square feet of new available exhibit space to the SEMA Show.
The number of SEMA Show attendees for 2022 is somewhat of an unknown 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 (now over 2 million square feet of available exhibit space).
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). It’s hard to describe if you haven’t attended. The show is produced by the Specialty Equipment Market Association.
When people ask, “what is SEMA?” they may be referring to the show (the show is commonly just called “SEMA” by attendees) or they may be referring to the trade association itself.
It’s a four-day aftermarket industry trade show and event that historically brings in over 160,000 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 tools & equipment and collision, repair and refinishing products. That’s only one of several halls that contain the massive SEMA Show.
How big is SEMA in Vegas?
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 back wall.
The 2022 show will include the new West Hall expansion, bringing another 1.4 million square feet of available exhibit space. The other halls combine for over 2 million net square feet of available exhibit space. There are 1,500 feature vehicles scheduled and over 3,000 products featured in the SEMA Show New Products Showcase, located in the Skybridge between the Central Hall and South Hall.
So, how big is it? Very big.
The historical size of the SEMA Show, 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.
- 4.6 million square feet of interior exhibit space, 2.2 million square feet of outside space.
Hopefully the pandemic is behind us, travel returns to normal and the 2022 show will be just a big as it has been historically.
How long is the SEMA Show?
The SEMA Show is a 4-day show, Tuesday through Friday. There is an education day with various seminars and meetings on Monday.
Get more SEMA Show information
For up-to-date information on the 2021 SEMA Show, held Tuesday, Nov. 1 through Friday, November 4, 2022, visit SEMAShow.com.
We hope to see you in Las Vegas in 2022. If you’re discussing the show on social media, use the hashtag #SEMA2022.
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 #AAPEX22 on social media. The AAPEX Show is November 1-3, 2022 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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