Duke Energy Convention Center, Cincinnati
Located in the midst of downtown's exuberant renaissance, the Duke Energy Convention Center can accommodate 75 percent of the existing convention, conference and meetings market in the United States. In keeping with Cincinnati's sense of architectural flair, the redesigned center stands out as the newest iconic shape on the skyline. With the name "Cincinnati" spelled out in 50-foot-tall letters on glistening metal panels along its western facade, the center boldly celebrates the city it calls home.
The 750,000-square-foot convention center features 200,000 square feet of contiguous exhibition space. At 40,000 square feet, its Grand Ballroom is one of the largest in the Midwest, and an additional 17,400-square-foot ballroom can accommodate smaller groups. The center also includes 31 deluxe breakout rooms with the flexibility to accommodate 24 to 4,100 people; a full-service banquet kitchen that can serve 5,000 guests in a single sitting; and a spacious loading dock with 17 berths and three semi-truck portals that lead directly to exhibition space.
The convention center partners with Convention Communication Provisioners to provide planners with the latest technology, exemplary customer service and on-site technical and audio-visual support staff. Meeting planners have the latest technology at their fingertips, including fiber optic networking, customized electronic signage, broadband teleconferencing, dozens of wireless hot spot locations, high-speed WANS, VLAN, VPN, ISDN rental equipment, stable network IP address assignment and delivery, and network-wide monitoring for maximized reliability.
Planners, exhibitors and attendees enjoy the center's central downtown location with easy access to thousands of hotel rooms and 5,000 parking spots. Many hotels, including the Hyatt, Westin and Millennium, are connected by enclosed skywalks. Conventioneers can end a day of meetings and activities and walk outside into a vibrant downtown community of world-class dining, shopping, live theater and nightlife.