After working at the Detroit Metropolitan Convention & Visitors Bureau for more than 13 years I still have a kind of geeky interest in what’s happening on the meeting, tradeshow and exhibit scene.
So when I received an email about the $270 million worth of renovations and expansion going on at Cobo Center, the city’s main conference and exhibition hall, I spent 8 minutes watching the YouTube video about the work being done there.
Cobo Hall and adjoining Arena were named for Albert E. Cobo, mayor of Detroit from 1950-57. The complex on the Detroit Riverfront opened in 1960; it was expanded and the facility was renamed Cobo Center in 1989.
This round of renovations and expansion will take 30 months to complete, and there are visible and behind-the-scenes improvements that should please convention and tradeshow planners, exhibitors and attendees, as well as the general public.
I especially like the rehab of Cobo Arena and the new atrium that will take advantage of the Detroit Riverfront location.
If you’ve ever attended a convention, banquet or auto show at Cobo, or are just curious about something named Cobo, pop some corn and check out the Cobo Transformation Progress Report-Fall 2011 video.