LARGEST POWERSPORTS EXPO IN NORTH AMERICA TO CRUISE INTO GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER THIS WEEK

  (Columbus, September 20, 2017)  — North America’s largest powersports expo will cruise into the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) with more than 25 vehicle manufacturers and 500 exhibitors from around the world when the American International Motorcycle Expo (AIMExpo) presented by Nationwide visits Columbus for the first time. The event consists of two trade and media days with presentations in the Media Hub within the trade show on September 21-22, followed by the… Continue reading

ARTHRITIS FOUNDATION 17TH ANNUAL WINE & DINE EVENT TO BE HELD SEPTEMBER 21

Who: Arthritis Foundation – Great Lakes Region What: 17th Annual Wine & Dine When:   September 21, 2017 from 6 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center Battelle Grand Why:  By enjoying this special event, attendees will support the Arthritis Foundation’s endeavors in  providing information sources, access to health care and connections to improve the lives of those living with arthritis. How: Enjoy wine tastings and food tastings from restaurants and distributors, music by… Continue reading

PUBLIC INVITED TO EXPERIENCE NEW ‘AS WE ARE’ INTERACTIVE SCULPTURE

(Columbus, September 12, 2017)  — The general public is now invited to visit and experience “As We Are,” the stunning interactive art piece that was revealed at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center’s (GCCC) Grand Opening Celebration on August 31. The 14-foot, three-dimensional universal human head sculpture by Columbus College of Art & Design’s Matthew Mohr is made from ribbons of ultra-bright LED screen and contains a photo booth capable of shooting 3-D pictures. After… Continue reading

NEXT LIVE AT LUNCH PERFORMANCE IS SEPT. 7

Who: Micah Kesselring, 23, has been professionally playing blues music since he was 15.  He has released two blues albums, one pop album, as well as EPs. He reached the finals in the solo/duo category at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis in 2016, placing in the top 8 of 300 acts from all over the world. He has performed as an opening act for Robert Cray, Corey Harris, Otis Taylor and Alvin Youngblood Hart.… Continue reading

SIGNATURE INTERACTIVE ART PIECE IS HIGHLIGHT OF GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER GRAND OPENING CELEBRATION COMMEMORATING $140 MILLION EXPANSION AND RENOVATION

  (Columbus, August 31, 2017)  — The reveal of “As We Are,” an interactive art piece by Columbus College of Art & Design’s Matthew Mohr, is the highlight of the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center’s (GCCC) Grand Reopening Celebration tonight. A 14-foot, 3-D universal human head sculpture made from ribbons of ultra-bright LED screens, the piece contains a photo booth capable of shooting 3-D pictures. After each photo shoot, the guest emerges from the booth… Continue reading

SMG GRANTED TWO-YEAR CONTRACT RENEWAL TO CONTINUE MANAGING GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER

(Columbus, August 30, 2017)  — The Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority (FCCFA) Board of Directors has approved a two-year contract renewal for worldwide venue management leader SMG to continue managing the award-winning Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC). “SMG has earned the FCCFA’s renewed confidence and trust as a business partner by managing over 680 events during our recent two-year venue expansion and renovation project,” said FCCFA Executive Director Don Brown. “The GCCC is already one… Continue reading

GREATER COLUMBUS CONVENTION CENTER SUPPORTS SERVICE PROVIDER FERN IN COLLECTING SUPPLIES FOR HURRICANE HARVEY RELIEF

(Columbus, August 29, 2017)  — The SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) is supporting Fern, the GCCC’s general services contractor, in Fern’s gathering of supplies through Friday, September 1 for Hurricane Harvey relief. “We are honored to assist our partners at Fern by gathering humanitarian relief supplies to assist the residents of Houston devastated by the impact of Hurricane Harvey,” said GCCC General Manager John R. Page. Supplies are being collected by GCCC staff members… Continue reading

PUBLIC INVITED TO EXPLORE DINOSAURS OF JURASSIC QUEST FROM AUGUST 25-27

  Who: Jurassic Quest, Inc. What: Jurassic Quest, the largest exhibition of moving, life-size, museum-quality replica dinosaurs in a show in North America, according to the organizers. When:   Friday, August 25 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 26 from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Sunday, August 27 from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Where: Greater Columbus Convention Center Why:  80 dinosaurs are ready to greet their Columbus fans How:  Featuring North America’s largest… Continue reading

FIRST COLUMBUS GIN & VODKA FESTIVAL TO BE HELD AUGUST 19

  (Columbus, August 15, 2017)  — The new Columbus Gin & Vodka Festival will make its debut on Saturday, August 19 at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) in Exhibit Hall B. “We’ll have vendors, a photo booth and a variety of brands of gin and vodka. We’ll offer half-ounce samples and cocktails with the product already mixed in,” said Vanessa Frost, the event coordinator. “The VIP event will have a flair bartender and… Continue reading

‘DR. SHINE’ BRINGS SHOE SHINE ARTISTRY TO NEWLY RENOVATED GCCC

        (Columbus, August 9, 2017)  — Shoe polish and green construction practices have united to provide an additional amenity at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC), which recently completed a $140 million expansion and renovation. Harry Batte, a shoe-shine artist better known as Dr. Shine, is now operating from a new two-seat shoe-shine stand built from repurposed wood. The new shoe-shine stand was inspired by an existing design that Batte chose.… Continue reading