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Attendance Up At RI Convention Center Despite Harsh Winter

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Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several...

Nearly 5,000 people are expected to attend a ceramics conference at the Rhode Island Convention Center through Saturday. The event is one of several that have brought large crowds over the winter. Attendance has gone up at the convention center despite the bad weather. 

Convention Center Authority Director James McCarville says in total some 385,000 people trudged through ice and snow to attend events this winter at the Convention Center, the Dunkin’ Donuts Center, and the Veterans Memorial Auditorium. That’s about 4,000 more than last winter. McCarville attributes the increase to loyal customers and the Providence College basketball team.

“There’s a good loyal fan base for all of our annual events and I think it also was PC was really strong down at the end of the season," said McCarville.

On Saturday, the PC hockey team will compete at the Dunk in the first round of the NCAA hockey tournament.

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Attendance Up At RI Convention Center Despite Harsh Winter
Attendance Up At RI Convention Center Despite Harsh Winter