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Cobo Center: Centered Around You

2019 Event Planning Guide

Meeting Planner Tools

For a full array of meeting planner tools and in-house event support for conventions, trade shows, conferences, banquets, and meetings please visit the Meeting Planner Tools page.

Cobo Center Security

Security measures established for each event in Cobo Center support the entire event ecosystem. A united effort to mitigate risks through preparedness, security and safety measures is put in place to provide protection and peace of mind to all visitors. Pre-event planning ensures that Cobo Center security is working effectively with your event security agency to create an environment of safety and hospitality for all attendees.

Michigan’s World Class Meeting And Convention Facility

Owned by the Detroit Regional Convention and Facility Authority and operated by SMG, the 2.4 million square foot complex, located on the bank of the Detroit River, is the centerpiece of downtown Detroit’s civic center.

Cobo Center offers convenience, comfort, service reliability and fine food. Overlooking the Detroit River and our international neighbor, Windsor Canada, our elegant banquet rooms and over 100 meeting rooms totaling 200,000 square feet equip Cobo Center to accommodate capacities from 25 to 2,500.

Cobo Center also boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America.

Cobo And Detroit People Mover

Cobo is physically linked to all downtown Detroit hotels and entertainment districts by the Detroit People Mover, Detroit’s elevated railway system, and a station on the 4th floor of Cobo Center.

Customer Care & Service

Cobo Center’s physical capabilities are only exceeded by our unrivaled level of care and customer service. The management, staff, and suppliers of Cobo Center stand poised and ready to handle the unique demands of your special event, from the initial planning stages through the event’s completion.

Proven Track Record

Cobo Center has a proven track record of handling international events like the International G-7 Job Summit, the annual North American International Auto Show, the annual Society of Automotive Engineers International Congress, and frequent national events, i.e. visits by the President, the Vice President and foreign heads of state. Cobo’s Staff is well versed in the cultural and diplomatic sensitivities involved in an international event.

Management Team

The management team of Cobo Center works cooperatively with City of Detroit departments such as Transportation, Parking, Police, Airport, County, State and Federal agencies, Detroit’s corporate community, and the Detroit Metro Convention and Visitors Bureau to ensure the success of events at our facility.

Custom Transportation Planning

In addition, for large conventions requiring more than the committable number of downtown area hotel rooms; Cobo Center will work with your convention to develop a shuttle transportation plan.

Helpful Event Forms