The I-X Center has continued hosting significant events in Cleveland since 1985.
CLEVELAND — After 35 years of hosting auto programs, indoor amusement parks, home & garden programs, and more, Cleveland’s International Exposition Center (I-X Center) has declared that it will be closing the end of this year.
Because of COVID-19, the I-X Center has mostly been closed for events and shows since the pandemic started in March.
“The global pandemic has decimated the event industry and many other institutions and has ultimately led to this decision,” the I-X Center said in an announcement.
The I-X Center started hosting significant events in 1985, welcoming more than two million visitors yearly. In the late 1980s, the 2.2 million square foot building was first recognized in Guinness World Records as the most important single building convention center in the U.S. with a net of 1.6 million square feet of exhibit space.
The facility’s size and location adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport and ease of admittance to multiple interstates made it desirable to hold business shows and events. The release states that the I-X Center generated millions of dollars annually in economic impact to Northeast Ohio.
The City of Cleveland, which owns the I-X Center property, acquired the department by eminent domain threat on January 14, 1999. At that time, the city then leased the facility to I-X Center Corporation, who successfully managed the day-to-day operations for one of the largest, private convention centers in the U.S.
“The I-X Center would like to acknowledge all its customers, employees, and attendees who helped make the I-X Center a success over the past 35 years,” the release adds.
You can see our preview of the 2020 Cleveland Auto Show, one of the last events held at the I-X Center before the pandemic, in the video below: