Date: Sept. 29, 2004

Management of the new 142,500-square-foot, $37.4 million Columbia (S.C.) Metropolitan Convention Center feels that being one of the last capital cities in America to have a convention center will be a plus for the new building.

That means there is a huge untapped market, said Mack Stone, general manager for the Midlands Authority for Conventions, Sports and Tourism. "And why would people come to Columbia?" Stone said. "Probably because they have been waiting ...

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