Venue Information

The John S. Knight Center promises exceptional service and a dedication to excellence for events large and small. We have hosted galas for thousands, corporate meetings, trade shows, fundraisers, presidential campaign rallies, car/boat shows, sports competitions and more. 

Our in-house culinary department has years of knowledge and expertise. With four talented chefs and a team of experienced professionals, they will create a delicious and unique menu customized to your needs. 

Creativity and image are everything! We provide adaptive audio, lighting and technical services that will make your event stand out from the rest and impress all of your guests. The building conveniently has an attached parking deck via a skywalk and ample additional parking in other decks and surface lots. 

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The John S. Knight Center was named for Pulitzer Prize-winning editor and publisher of the Akron Beacon Journal. In 1937, the Knight publishing family bought the Miami herald, which began a series of purchases and mergers leading to the formation of the Knight-Ridder newspaper chain in 1973. This established the Akron Beacon Journal as the original Knight headquarters of what has evolved to be one of the largest newspaper groups in daily circulation in the United States. 

Elevate Your Next Event

The John S. Knight Center is truly your event’s all-in-one solution.


With exhibition space, large ballrooms and breakout rooms, the Center is the perfect fit for meetings or conventions large and small.


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Getting Here

The John S. Knight Center is centrally located in the heart of downtown Akron, Ohio, within 500 miles of 50% of the U.S…


Parking is FREE in all City of Akron decks on Fridays after 6pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. - Mondays through…