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Hundreds turned out Thursday evening for a private party for the grand opening event for Portland's first convention center hotel, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Hundreds turned out Thursday evening for a private party for the grand opening event for Portland's first convention center hotel, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. A scene from the lobby.

Hundreds turned out Thursday evening for a private party for the grand opening event for Portland's first convention center hotel, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

Former Metro president Tom Hughes did not make a speech, but his successor Lynn Peterson did, and thanked him for "rolling this rock uphill for years."

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Hundreds turned out Thursday evening for a private party for the grand opening event for Portland's first convention center hotel, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center. A scene from the lobby.

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The March Fourth Marching Band was hired to play one song and pead guests into the ballroom to hear speeches. Bikers on tall bicycles with LED lights were also hired to bring some Portland flavor to the Hyatt and ride up and down outside the hotel.

She thanked public and private funders and labor, and ended her speech with an expletive of relief that the thing was finally open after 30 years of wrangling.

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - The lobby bar during the grand opening event for Portland's first convention center hotel, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.

The hotel offers 600 guestrooms, including 16 suites, in the Lloyd neighborhood, chandeliers adorned with bicycle chains. A slimmed down March Fourth marching band played a song and Portland painter Mike Bennet provided a scavenger hunt of pieces.

PMG; JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Metro President Lynn Peterson thanks everyone for finally getting Portland's first convention center hotel, Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center, open.

PMG: JOSEPH GALLIVAN - Mike Griffith at the Hyatt Regency Portland at the Oregon Convention Center.


Joseph Gallivan
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