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The Center of an All-America® City

An iconic feature of Akron's vibrant cityscape, the

John S. Knight Center has been welcoming convention planners, tradeshow exhibitors and event attendees to the heart of downtown since 1994. We are northeast Ohio's premier meeting venue.

Bricks, steel and glass may comprise our structure, but our team is the actual foundation upon which your event will successfully rest. With more than 270 years of combined service (yes, just at the Center), our staff is eager to minimize your time and maximize our expertise.


Every detail of your event receives equal attention to ensure a positive and memorable experience. We strive for excellence - count every client as a member of our team - and desire that those who enter the Center as guests leave us as friends. Let's start planning!

Welcome to the John S. Knight Center

Welcome to the John S. Knight Center

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Staff is 87% Friendlier Than The Other Guys

8 Out Of 10 Visitors Rate Food "Excellent"

(the other 2 think it's "Really Good")

15 Minutes Away From CAK

40 Minutes Away From CLE

99% Chance* Of A Successful Event

*(1% accounts for the unlikely event of a volcanic eruption)

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