Defining the Grand Wayne Convention Center involves more than recognizing its innate and consistent brand of hospitality—it's the combination of architectural features and services with the staff and their sensitivity toward making every event remarkable and beyond expectation. Click here to see a full list of our competitive advantages.
What you can expect:
AFFORDABILITY — Grand Wayne Convention Center and the greater Fort Wayne, Indiana, arena saves event planners nearly 15% across the board in expenses than other major U.S. cities., meaning event planners and their guests can do more here!
ACCESSIBILITY — As the Midwest's premier drive-to destination, we are located within 500 miles of half the U.S. population—meaning the Grand Wayne Convention Center is an ideally centralized location for events seeking convenience, comfort, and capability.
CAPACITY — Grand Wayne Convention Center spans two city blocks and offers 225,000 square feet of luxuriously appointed, carpeted, and climate-controlled convention and meeting space with intuitive traffic flow and easy loading bays. Within the Center, planners find a beautifully appointed, 50,000 square foot Convention and Expo Hall, 18 meeting rooms, and spacious pre-function and reception areas ready to create the perfect creative backdrop for any event. In-house event coordinators, technology specialists, event hosts, guest experience managers, and gourmet food and beverages make every event planner's job easier and more successful. Three full-service hotels with garage parking connect with Grand Wayne, welcoming guests with a comfortable, secure stay.
A WHOLE COMMUNITY — Grand Wayne Center is in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, with more than 60 restaurants, coffee houses and pubs within easy walking distance; more than 600 downtown guest rooms (5,000+ citywide); delightful shopping experiences; and nationally acclaimed attractions including Parkview Field, the historic Embassy Theatre, a lush botanical conservatory, the world's second largest genealogical center, an acclaimed zoo, museums, and an extensive parks and trails system.
TAKE A VIRTUAL WALKING TOUR
Grand Wayne Convention Center sales manager Missy Eppley takes us on a virtual tour of the event facility and its many amenities. This inside-look at what is one of the Midwest's premier event destinations offers insight and inspiration for event planners looking for a meeting, convention, or expo venue ideally located within one-day's drive of half the U.S. population — and loaded with features and hospitality, all in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana.
We continue to safely welcome event planners and their guests with health-centered methods that comply with the standards and guidlines of state and local health departments.
To that end, we have implemented an Event Precautions form for event organizers and promoters that grants them the authority to enforce precautionary measures within their rental space, including the wearing of face coverings, physical distancing, spacing, and grouping restrictions.
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Grand Wayne Convention Center is the Midwest’s premier, award-winning event facility and favorite destination for State, Regional, National, and International assemblies. We gladly salute and share in the successes of our event planning partners. Explore our look book to learn more.
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