CHARLOTTE, N.C., March 26, 2013 … Hendrick Construction, Inc. has completed The Grove, a new events facility with a capacity for hosting up to 15,000 people a day at Carowinds. The Grove dramatically expands Carowinds’ facilities for catered events at the park; luncheons, company gatherings, school field trips, and family reunions are just a few types of events possible when Carowinds opens this Friday, March 29.
“Over the years, we have developed a great partnership with Carowinds,” said Roger Hendrick, president of Hendrick Construction. “From building the infrastructure and foundation for new roller coasters to radically increasing the park’s event space, we always enjoy our work at the park.” 
The Grove is located at the North Gate of the park adjacent to Carowinds’ premier rollercoaster, The Intimidator. Beautifully landscaped, the six venues are named for the trees that grace the park and thrive throughout the Carolinas. The Cedar, Oak, Maple, Magnolia, Palmetto and Dogwood areas offer visitors a private space to gather, enjoy a meal, and spend time with friends and co-workers. In addition, The Grove also includes a new VIP room to host upscale events. The enclosed, air-conditioned Rose room offers Audio/Video capabilities to meet any need from business meetings to award ceremonies.
In addition to the new space for gatherings, guests will benefit from updated kitchen facilities. Carowinds’ catering staff is introducing a new menu offering everything from barbeque sandwiches to prime rib and now has the ability to serve up to 3,000 meals an hour.
“We’re excited to open the new facility,” said Chris Kirby, marketing director for Carowinds. “It will combine the fun of the amusement park’s 13 roller coasters and 398 acres of rides and attractions with the amazing meals provided by the catering staff. The Grove is the perfect venue to bring people together. ”
Hendrick Construction built the infrastructure and foundation for The Intimidator in 2010 and the Carolina Cobra in 2009.
Hendrick Construction, Inc. is a Charlotte, N.C.-based general contractor that provides commercial construction services throughout the Southeast. The company’s portfolio includes facilities for corporate headquarters, manufacturing, industrial, health care and bio-tech companies, as well as schools, government buildings, churches, entertainment venues and restaurants. Visit www.hendrickconstruction.com.
Carowinds is owned and operated by Cedar Fair Entertainment Company, a publicly traded partnership NYSE (FUN.) In addition to Carowinds, Cedar Fair owns and operates ten other amusement parks, four water parks, one indoor water park, and five hotels across the US and Canada. Cedar Fair also operates the Gilroy Gardens Family Theme Park in California under a management contract.