If you haven’t visited us lately, you’re in for a nice surprise. There’s more to see and do, and a short walk delivers you to sidewalk cafés, eateries, fine dining, nationally acclaimed museums and art galleries, a vibrant nightlife, live music, stage shows, botanical gardens, an internationally recognized library, and an extensive parks and trails network along Fort Wayne’s three rivers. It’s all part of a reimagined downtown where business, sports, and culture thrive.
“I received more comments from attending members about the friendly, courteous service given by the folks of Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is a big little town with safe streets, good eats, and neat things to see and do. It is amazing how many people participated in making this show such a joyful experience.”
— Gibby Gibson, NFLCC
In Fort Wayne, the "welcome" mat is always out and we always have a friendly "hello" waiting for every guest.
From intimate board meetings to expansive trade shows to full service banquets, we stand ready to make your next event a grand experience!
Dallas W. Johnson 2016 North American Scrabble Championship
When our group arrived in Fort Wayne, it was overwhelmed by the welcome from the community. From the beginning, we were amazed with the unprecedented level of attention and customer service provided. The many ideas that were implemented, big and small, made our members feel valued and special. Grand Wayne Center is a stunning work of architecture with easy access to hotels, restaurants and entertainment. Our members were impressed with how clean, modern, entertaining and friendly Fort Wayne proved to be. The downtown is very walkable, and we loved the variety of restaurants. Fort Wayne was not on the radar for some of our members when we announced where we were holding the championship, but the top-flight facilities and personnel resulted in rave reviews in post-tournament feedback. Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2016 North American Scrabble Championship the best event we’ve ever held. Many of our members expressed interest in returning to Fort Wayne!
Grand Wayne Center Guest 2012 NFLCC Nationals
My 18th Nationals, and it doesn't get any better than this. The host, the hotel, and all who had a part did an outstanding job. Thanks to all involved—you did yourself proud!
Michael Scro Creative Alliance
Our event was once again very successful. Each year you and your staff continue to improve the entire process and make my job a little easier.
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Hear the difference that comes with the only digital sound system in a meeting venue in the Midwest.
We've installed laser-operated stalls and sinks for improved, hands-free sanitation.
Banquet capabilities of serving 3,100 in the Convention Hall alone.
Your event without the buffering: GWCC features 20,000 feet of data cable, keeping your presentations running smoothly.
With 225,000 square feet of space, it's easy to see what makes us Grand.
You have a vision—we’re ready to help you plan and run the whole thing from start to finish. Ready to go Grand?Let's get started