(Columbus, March 15, 2017)  — The public is invited to explore hundreds of vehicles from Acura to Volvo and enjoy accompanying family entertainment in one relaxed setting during the Columbus International Auto Show from March 16-19 at the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center.

This year’s show features:

  • Drawing for a two-year lease on a 2017 Chevy Cruze Hatchback 1LT
  • Subaru “Lot to Love” Indoor/Outdoor Ride & Drive
  • Toyota Drive Center
  • Nissan Leaf Indoor/Outdoor Ride & Drive
  • Ram Truck Experience
  • Accessory Avenue
  • World’s Fastest Corvette
  • Art on Wheels vehicle wraps by The Ohio State University design students
  • “Are You Here Yet?” social media contest with the Columbus Blue Jackets
  • Picture This Photo Scavenger Hunt
  • Columbus Zoo and Aquarium animals visiting 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday and 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Sunday
  • Matt the Balloon Guy
  • Face Doodles by Jen
  • Stinger, the Columbus Blue Jackets mascot
  • Velma, the Ultimate Tailgate RV

The show is open to the general public:

  • Thursday, March 16 from noon to 9 p.m.
  • Friday, March 17 from noon to 9 p.m.
  • Saturday, March 18 from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • Sunday, March 19 from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Admission is $10 at the door for adults and $8 online.  Students with a valid school identification are admitted for $5.  Children age 9 and under are admitted free with an adult paying admission.  Seniors age 55 and older are admitted on Friday, March 18 for $5. Visa, MasterCard, Discover and American Express are accepted at the box office.

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The Greater Columbus Convention Center, located in downtown Columbus, hosted an estimated 2.5 million visitors in 2016.  The facility is owned by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and is managed by SMG.

About SMG
SMG turns 40 in 2017! Celebrating its 40th anniversary and founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to 233 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, amphitheaters, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering companies, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide.

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