(Columbus, June 23, 2022) – Readers of Facilities & Destinations selected the Greater Columbus Convention Center (GCCC) as a designee of the 2022 F&D Safe Sites, a new safety designation for cities and convention centers. The GCCC is also a part of the network of businesses that recently announced their support as a member of the Short North Good Neighbor Pledge.

“We are honored to be voted as one of the F&D Safe Sites designees for convention centers. With our successfully and safely remaining open during the pandemic, we are excited to continue to highlight our facility as a venue of choice for safety,” said Regional General Manager John R. Page. “The events industry is a huge and vital engine for our community and the Short North Good Neighbor Pledge additionally provides the positive reinforcement of our advocacy for safety.

F&D Safe Sites

Voted on by readers, the recognized destinations and venues are going the extra mile to ensure that visiting groups are as protected as possible from COVID-19 contagion. The F&D Safe Sites designation is an essential recognition tool for today’s meeting planner community and a valuable resource for those who need recommendations of leading venues and destinations.

Criteria for convention centers includes:

  • GBAC Star or related certifications
  • Staff’s sanitation practices
  • Disinfection technology
  • COVID safety signage
  • COVID testing procedures
  • Accommodations for social distancing


Additional ASM Global managed convention centers joining the GCCC as a designated safe site are David L. Lawrence Convention Center, Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland, Los Angeles Convention Center, and Pennsylvania Convention Center, among others.


The 2022 Safe Site designees will be featured in the Spring edition of the Facilities & Destinations print magazine and showcased on the magazine’s website.


Short North Good Neighbor Pledge

A collaborative, community-wide effort to foster transparent communications among all stakeholders who enjoy Columbus and the Short North community. Businesses that pledge, commit to prevent negative impacts of the historic neighborhood and continue to support Columbus, Ohio and the Short North Arts District as a vibrant, creative, inclusive community, and leading arts destination.

Community pledge standards includes:

  • Noise
  • Cleanliness
  • Safety
  • Operations
  • Inclusion, Diversity, Equity, and Access
  • Art, Culture, and Community


Learn more about the Short North Good Neighbor Pledge:




The award-winning, 1.8 million-square-foot Greater Columbus Convention Center offers 373,000 square feet of contiguous exhibit space, 75 meeting rooms and a total of 114,000 square feet of ballroom space among three ballrooms. The facility is owned and developed by the Franklin County Convention Facilities Authority and managed by ASM Global. For more information, please call (614) 827-2500, or visit . Like us on Facebook at and follow us on Twitter @CBusConventions.



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  • The GCCC venue itself is a cashless facility. This includes all GCCC operated concessions and all in-lane GCCC parking transactions. However, within the GCCC, there are individual contracted vendors and outlets who, at their discretion, may accept cash.