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Greater Columbus Convention Center

400 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215

Phone: View Phone Number614-827-2500
Fax: View Fax Number614-827-2659
Website: www.columbusconventions.com
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The award-winning SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) continues to receive accolades for the $140 million renovation and expansion completed in 2017.

One of the busiest convention centers in North America, the GCCC measures 1.8 million square feet and features 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space.

Nine additional meeting rooms with outside-facing windows were added, increasing the total to 75 meeting rooms.

Three ballrooms totaling 114,000 square feet offer colorful LED ceiling fin lights that can project a variety of color combinations and effects to personalize the experience.  In addition to 74,000-square-foot Battelle Grand -- the largest multipurpose ballroom in Ohio -- the ballrooms include 15,000-square-foot Short North and 25,000-square-foot Union Station featuring upscale carpeting, wall coverings and finishes, and retractable walls to divide the rooms into sections.

 Upper-level show offices enable show managers to enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the trade-show floor below while enjoying a private space above the exhibit halls for meetings and entertaining.

Node walls in the main concourse can be programmed to display colorful lighting of the event planner’s choice. 

The South Café & Marketplace offers a spacious destination to explore shops, quick-service restaurants, a florist, barber and hair stylists, shoe shiner, Segway tours, watch televised programs, recharge mobile devices and relax in a variety of seating configurations. Friday Fun in the South Café & Marketplace brings weekly entertainment during lunchtime. Service partners located on Level 1 include Mills James, the production services company, and Fern, the general services provider.

A Columbus-focused app helps guide guests to these amenities.

Levy, the facility’s exclusive caterer, operates Discovery Café, composed of the Homegrown Market, Columbus Grille, Crimson Cup and the CBUS Tap Room. 

Discovery Café features the Smartfarm, which provides 2.5 tons of herbs and vegetables annually for culinary use. Chefs can grow plantings to meet specific event needs of customers. 

Live at Lunch! is a musical series highlighting local entertainers in Discovery Café on the first Thursday of every month.

The GCCC operates more than 4,000 total parking spaces in five locations, with the Ohio Center Garage to add 650 spaces upon completion. 

The GCCC is the first convention center to display real-time parking availability in the parking section of its mobile friendly website.

The parking garages and convention center include artwork from the largest contemporary collection of central Ohio art.

The interactive sculpture “As We Are” by Matthew Mohr is the eye-catching piece that beckons to GCCC guests. Guests step into the photo booth within the sculpture and emerge to see their 14-foot portrait displayed in 850,000 LED ribbon lights, which would be the proportional size of the head of a person 94 feet tall. The sculpture has become a popular destination for selfie photos!

The GCCC established a free-standing room dedicated to nursing mothers and reserved parking for them and for veterans.

Two Guest Services Centers provide a variety of services, including mobility scooters, photo copies and South Café & Marketplace Cash gift certificates.  

Arnold Plaza includes a statue of actor Arnold Schwarzenegger, co-founder of the GCCC’s largest annual event, the Arnold Sports Festival. Arnold Plaza accommodates a tent for outdoor gatherings.

Event planners are enthused by the flexible, linear space the facility offers, along with the city’s largest contingent of friendly and knowledgeable staff of Certified Tourism Ambassadors assisting guests throughout their stay. 

A survey platform enables GCCC staff to respond to guest feedback as it is received.

Strategically located within a one-day drive or 90-minute flight of most of the nation’s population and 10 minutes from John Glenn Columbus International Airport, the GCCC is nestled within a vibrant entertainment area, including the Arena District and Short North Arts District. 

Connected to five hotels by enclosed walkway, the GCCC is owned and developed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA).

The GCCC is looking forward to the expansion of the connected Hilton Columbus Downtown to 1,002 rooms and arrival of additional hotels in our thriving city.

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373,000 contiguous feet of exhibit space, 75 meeting rooms, three ballrooms totaling 114,000 square feet, largest contemporary collection of central Ohio art and city’s largest contingent of Certified Tourism Ambassadors. Near airport, across the street from entertainment districts, connected to five hotels and more than 4,000 parking spaces. Real-time parking availability displayed on website. Levy’s Smartfarm, an indoor vertical hydroponic garden, grows 2.5 tons of produce annually.

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