by Jeanne Brei
CC Snapshot: Huntington Place
Location: One Washington Blvd., Detroit, MI 48226
Date Opened: August 15, 1960
Square Footage: With 723,000 sq.ft. of exhibit space, Huntington Place boasts one of the largest contiguous exhibit floor spaces in North America and is the 17th largest U.S. convention center. The 40,000 sq.ft. Grand Riverview Ballroom has a stage lift and 100+ meeting and banquet rooms comprising 225,000 sq.ft. meeting space.
Parking: There are 2,596 parking spaces attached: 1,250 at the Roof Deck, 406 in the TCF Center Congress St. garage, 640 in Washington Blvd. garage & 350 at the Atwater Street garage.
Hotels: There’s approximately 6,000 hotel rooms in downtown Detroit, with the 1,328-room Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, the largest, with The Foundation Hotel, the Siren, the Shinola, the Element at the Metropolitan and the 367-room Crowne Plaza Detroit Downtown Riverfront nearby.
Airport Info: The Metro Airport is located approximately 22 miles from the venue. In addition to Uber, Lyft, taxis and shuttle buses, FAST Powered by SMART is a high-frequency bus service that connects the city and suburbs. FAST Michigan runs from Detroit Metropolitan Airport to downtown daily.
Wi-Fi: The CC was recognized as the first for facility-wide, free, high-speed Wi-Fi coverage
Transportation: A Detroit People Mover station is located inside Huntington Place on the fourth floor near Congress Street. And the Detroit Q-Line Rail which connects the downtown area with Midtown is close by.
Fun Fact: Originally named Cobo Hall in honor of Detroit Mayor Albert Cobo (1950-1957); it became the TCF Center in 2019 and renamed the Huntington Center Detroit on Dec. 10, 2021.
Fun Fact #2: With its riverfront location, the U.S. Port of Entry–Tunnel to Canada is just two blocks from the facility.
An shorter version of this story originally appeared in the Q1 2022 issue of Exhibit City News, p. 10. For original layout, visit https://issuu.com/exhibitcitynews/docs/ecn_Q1_2022