Welcome to our Macon meeting planning guide – a Macon, GA city guide for meeting planners. Nicknamed the "Song and Soul of the South," Macon is the third largest city in the state and is a heady amalgam of American history, from pre-Colonial to Civil War to rock 'n 'roll. Nowhere else can you host a reception at the former home of the famed Allman Brothers Band, a banquet at the largest state sports museum in the U.S. or a conference at one of the most advanced antebellum buildings in the country. But it is possible in Macon, which offers more than 10 meeting facilities and 20 hotels with meeting space.
Situated at the juncture of I-75 and I-16, Macon is easily accessible to travelers coming from any direction. Both ground and air shuttle service is available from Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, which is about 85 miles to the north.
At the center of Macon's meeting facilities is the Macon Centreplex, which encompasses the Wilson Convention Centre and Macon Coliseum (110,000 square feet under one roof), and the nearby Macon City Auditorium. Overall, the Centreplex has more than 140,000 square feet of space and seating for up to 9,000 guests spread across these three Macon event venues . Plus, the adjacent 220-room Macon Marriott City Center hotel has an additional 5,000 square feet of event space.
Other large meeting facilities in Macon include the Anderson Conference Center, conveniently located near I-475, with 20,000 square feet of space and a variety of room set-up options. Many of Macon's colleges also feature sizable spaces for sporting and special events. The University Center Arena at Mercer University can seat over 4,000 guests, while Wesleyan College has dining rooms, auditoriums, conference rooms and more for groups of 50 to over 1,000 people.
Macon's historic homes, museums and entertainment attractions are great options for less traditional meeting spaces. Available for banquets and receptions, Hay House embodies Southern elegance with its 18th-century furnishings, Italian marble fireplaces, 24-karat gold leafing and stained glass. The Georgia Sports Hall of Fame can put some action into any company event or banquet and has several rooms for private events. Additionally, the 1,000-seat Grand Opera House offers both elegant decor and modern audio-visual technology, ideal for seminars and presentations. There's nothing quite like wrapping up a presentation in the theater by raising the curtain to unveil a full-scale banquet set up on the stage, where attendees can dine looking out on the historic opera house's grandeur.