With over 200,000 square feet of dedicated convention/expo space and more than 20 meeting hotels, Dayton is frequently a top pick for meeting planners in need of an accessible, affordable Midwest destination. Groups will have plenty of room, while the fascinating history behind some Dayton event venues can be used for inspiring themes.
Dayton sits at the "crossroads of America," the intersection of I-75 and I-70. Its strategic location places the city within a 90-minute drive of 4.1 million people and fewer than three hours from Columbus, Cincinnati, Indianapolis and Louisville. Groups can also fly into the Dayton International Airport, which has daily flights from Charlotte, Cleveland, Washington DC, Detroit, Chicago, Atlanta, Newark NJ, Philadelphia, Baltimore, DFW, Minneapolis, Orlando and Denver through US Airways, United, Delta, American, AirTran and Frontier.
The heart of the city's convention event venues, Dayton Convention Center is decorated in vibrant colors and modern furnishings. The center encompasses 100,000 square feet; its flexible event space includes 19 meeting rooms, two exhibit halls and a theater, plus a VIP lounge overlooking the exhibit floor. The spacious three-story lobby welcomes guests, while the delicious on-site catering, Wi-Fi and full suite of audio-visual services make sure that their meetings run without a hitch.
Expansive meeting space can also be found at the Dayton Airport Expo Center. Located at the intersection of I-70 and I-75, the expo center is the largest climate-controlled exhibition facility in the region. With roughly 100,000 square feet of space, it's no surprise that the expo center attracts more than 800,000 attendees and 6,000 exhibition companies annually. The center has capacity for an astounding 557 10-foot-by-10-foot booths as well as 5,000 square feet of meeting space, outdoor exhibit space and more than 5,000 parking spaces.
For something unexpected, why not invite groups to one of the city's unique attractions? Fifth Third Field, home to the minor league baseball team Dayton Dragons, offers conference and dining space as well as two party decks for private events. Dine at America's Packard Museum, Dayton's original Packard dealership, voted one of the top five banquet venues in Dayton. The city's 2nd Street Public Market, formerly a railroad freight house, makes for a unique backdrop to luncheons and receptions.
Hotel venues in Dayton comprise more than 20 properties, including the 399-room Marriott Dayton, which has 14,000 square feet of meeting space spread across 14 meeting rooms. The historic Dayton Grand Hotel offers 6,000 square feet of event space, including a ballroom with banquet space for up to 300 people. The Crowne Plaza Hotel in Dayton has an impressive 12,000 square feet of newly renovated meeting space, plus a business center and high-speed Internet access.