Located in the heart of a vibrant downtown on the shores of Lake Erie, the new Cleveland Convention Center includes 225,000 gross square feet of Class A exhibit space divisible into three exhibition halls, 35 state-of-the-art meeting rooms, an expansive truck loading dock, and a 32,000-square-foot, column-free ballroom with spectacular views of Cleveland’s lakefront. The Grand Ballroom, along with all meeting rooms, include the latest high-tech audiovisual equipment along with a unique, individualized lighting grid controlled by the latest in iPad technology.

The adjacent Global Center for Health Innovation is the only facility in the world that displays the future of health and healthcare presented on four themed floors. The Global Center will serve health and healthcare innovation, technology, education and commerce through state-of-the-art spaces, programs and virtual offerings.

SMG, the nation’s largest and most experienced convention center and facility management firm, assumed management operations for the Cuyahoga County-owned Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center in December, 2013.

SMG manages 233 facilities throughout North America, including 72 convention centers, 71 arenas, 60 theaters and performance venues, nine stadiums, and 23 equestrian centers. Founded in 1977, SMG is the industry leader in exhibition venues throughout the United States, Canada, and the Caribbean and will bring experience and significant connections to national conventions and trade shows within the convention industry.

Since 1977, SMG has brought a wealth of facility management and operations experience and expertise to more than 230 facilities worldwide, including regional operations in Akron, Canton, Columbus, Pittsburgh, and Detroit.  For convention planners nationwide, the SMG name carries the promise of a professionally managed facility and unparalleled expertise in all phases of convention planning. The SMG brand instills confidence in national clients as well as fostering repeat business from event planners looking to rotate their conventions around the region or around the country.


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The comprehensive sustainability plan for the Global Center for Health Innovation and the Cleveland Convention Center includes building the new Convention Center below grade with a green roof. The new Convention Center replaces an existing below-grade structure and enhances the Mall with extensive additional plant life and soil materials that more efficiently filter storm water. The new mall also features water-efficient landscaping using minimal water, including a plan for drought-tolerant plants to reduce water consumption.Learn about our commitment to Sustainability

Getting Here

The Cleveland Convention Center is located in the heart of downtown Cleveland, within 500 miles of nearly half of the U.S. population. Cleveland and the convention center are easily accessed by:

  • Car

    Easily accessible by car with Interstates 71, 77, 80 and 90 all connecting to major U.S. cities.

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  • Air

    Cleveland Hopkins International Airport (CLE) serves as a hub for United Airlines and offers 250 daily flight departures to 74 markets. Other CLE airlines include Air Canada, American, Delta, Frontier, Southwest, US Airways and USA3000.

    Convenient RTA rail service directly from the terminal to downtown.

  • Public Transportation

    The Cleveland Convention Center is within a short walk from the RTA Red and Green lines, along with complimentary downtown trolley service, and the Health Line, providing quick service to the medical district.

Upcoming Events

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    Association of University Technology Managers (AUTM) Forum

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  • Partnership for a Safer Cleveland

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    Ohio State Medical Association

  • Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation Gala

  • Benefit Luncheon Featuring Marcus Luttrell

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