About 70 miles east of Pittsburgh, Johnstown is conveniently located within 500 miles of more than half of the United States population and 60 percent of Canada's population. Johnstown event venues get a lot of business, thanks to annual events like the Johnstown FolkFest, Friendly City PolkaFest and Log House Arts Festival.
Groups flying into Johnstown arrive at John Murtha Johnstown-Cambria County Airport (JST), which is served by United Express. The airlines flies direct from Washington Dulles International Airport (IAD).
Largest of the convention venues in Johnstown is the Cambria County War Memorial Arena. Home to the East Coast Hockey League Johnstown Chiefs, the arena is frequently used for sporting events, concerts, trade shows and conferences. The entire building encompasses just over 80,500 square feet of space and includes breakout rooms, dressing rooms and a media lounge. It has 17,000 square feet of air-conditioned exhibit space. Overall, the arena can accommodate as many as 6,000 people.
Across the street from the War Memorial Arena is the Pasquerilla Conference Center. Pasquerilla's largest space is the 10,400-square-foot Coca-Cola Ballroom, divisible into six sections for groups that range in size from 150 to 850 people. The center also has several breakout rooms, a boardroom and over 3,000 square feet of pre-function space. It also has nearby parking for 582 vehicles.
Groups in need of sizeable event venues in Johnstown can also take advantage of the various meeting facilities at the University of Pittsburgh at Johnstown. The Living/Learning Center has several meeting rooms ranging in capacity from 15 to 475 people. The Pasquerilla Performing Arts Center has two theaters, seating 1,000 and 250 people, respectively. Many of the university's classrooms are also available for rent and, with state-of-the-art audio-visual equipment, are perfect for seminars and lectures. An all-in-one location for events, Pitt-Johnstown has accommodations for 1,800 people May through August.
Accommodations and event space can also be found at numerous meeting hotels throughout Johnstown. The Chestnut Ridge Resort has a new 93-room Hampton Inn & Suites on-site, with 912 square feet of meeting space. Additional space is available at the resort itself, which has more than 8,000 square feet of meeting facilities, plus amenities such as on-site catering, free Internet access and audio-visual equipment. Conveniently located downtown, the Holiday Inn Johnstown can host up to 350 people for banquets and conferences thanks to five event spaces. The Comfort Inn & Suites Johnstown, Holiday Inn Express Johnstown and City Hotel also have Johnstown meeting venues.