Welcome to the John S. Knight Center

Poised for Excellence

Your event is more than just meeting space and hotel rooms. That's why the John S. Knight Center is prepared to help you build and deliver a personalized experience for your attendees. With 279 years of combined event planning experience, our team understands the importance of details.

That's why every event in the convention center gets an in-depth preshow with our entire team to review floor plans, timing, and responsibilities down to the last detail, consistently earning us five-star reviews from clients. 

Flexible Spaces

At the John S. Knight Center, you'll find all the usual amenities you'd expect from a convention center - 28,000 sq. ft. of exhibit hall space, large ballrooms, a green room for your speakers, and breakout rooms.

​You'll also find unique and interesting spaces, like a two-story, 3,000 sq. ft. glass rotunda and a rooftop patio perfect for mixers and cocktails. Many of the spaces can be opened into each other or sectioned into halves, making for flexible and accommodating room setups depending on your vision.

With an in-house culinary department that has been working with meeting planners for 20 years, cutting edge technology, and an exciting and vibrant town surrounding it, the John S. Knight Center is the perfect fit for meetings or conventions large and small.

Additionally, Greystone Hall, a 1917 Masonic Temple, offers seven stories of adjacent banquet and breakout space. Its majestically ornate interiors provide a wonderful juxtaposition between the Center's sleek contemporary spaces. Utilization of Greystone Hall has also allowed many of our clients to expand and grow their events at the Center, knowing that incredibly beautiful banquet space is just across the street.

Strategically Accessible

Traveling can be stressful, we know. Choosing a convention space that is easy for your attendees to get to can make or break a successful event or meeting kick off. The John S. Knight Center is centrally located in the heart of downtown Akron, Ohio, within 500 miles of 50% of the U.S. population. 

Just 11 miles away from Akron/Canton Airport and 30 miles from Cleveland Hopkins International Airport, the John S. Knight Center reduces headaches for your most distant travelers. For attendees within the region, the Center is easily accessible by car from several major highways, just blocks away.

Akron is a little big city with lots going on within walking distance, but without the major congestion and hassle that can come with other major metropolitan areas.  Don't believe us? Find out more about Greater Akron here. We promise your event attendees will never be bored.