Highlight: The Greater Columbus Convention Center

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Highlight: The Greater Columbus Convention Center

Many people are unaware of the things the Columbus Convention has to offer. From it’s incredibly rich history, to the plethora of nationally recognized events held at the venue, The Greater Columbus Convention Center has it all.

History

Construction began for what is now the Convention Center in February 1978, with the doors opening in 1980. Years later, the city held a competition to put the plan for the Greater Columbus Convention Center in motion. With the plans by Michael Graves, Peter Eisenman and Holt Hinshaw Pfau Jones and funding from Leslie Wexner, the convention center was brought to life. It is now a historical landmark, with architecture resembling Union Station, which once stood on the same site. There are a number of notable events and activities held year-round.

Events

From the Columbus Marathon Expo to the Arnold Classic to concerts and competitions, the variety of events held at the Convention Center is incredible. It’s modern design makes meeting rooms, exhibit halls and spacious walkways, make it a great place to hold an important off-site or heated competition. It is also conveniently located in the heart of Downtown Columbus, for locals, and it is also in an  area full of restaurants and hotel options for the duration of your stay if you’re looking for lodging in the area.

Going Green

As many people make the change to “Go Green” the Greater Columbus Convention Center follows suite. There are a number of plans in place to make the Convention Center more energy efficient and eco-friendly – a true effort in Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED). Program leaders are currently working to improve four major areas in the initiative to go green: reuse and recycle, lighting, energy and cleaning.

The Greater Columbus Convention Center has a plethora of things to offer to locals and visitors alike. Whether you’re attending the annual marathon expo, or looking for somewhere different to host your next off-site meeting, the Convention Center will be able to accommodate you and your needs. To learn more about the Greater Columbus Convention Center, visit here.

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