Designed by internationally recognized architect Peter Eisenman, the Greater Columbus Convention Center, with its unique spaces, sharp angles, wide spotlights and spacious walkways is a bold landmark luring millions of visitors each year.

The modern design of every meeting room, exhibit hall and common area is as vibrant as the downtown neighborhood right outside.

The SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center is located in the middle of a vibrant city. The area is alive with cultural activities, arts, sports and entertainment all within walking distance. As the winner of multiple Prime Site and Inner Circle Awards, this striking, modern facility has become one of North America's most popular sites for local, state, regional and national groups and organizations.

We have more than 1.7 million square feet of space offering a combination of settings that are perfect for events of all sizes, including Battelle Grand, the largest, multi-purpose ballroom in the state of Ohio. There are approximately 50,000 square feet on the main floor and approximately 24,000 square feet on the mezzanine level, with the option of five different configurations in Battelle Grand. The room offers an expansive view of downtown Columbus and a high-tech ceiling system, which provides customized lighting options. (Battelle Grand)

Our experienced teams of sales managers and event managers are always ready to help you find a space that will enhance the character and support the efficiency of your event. Our sales staff has a total of 78 years of experience in event planning and is backed by an event coordination team with a total of 69 years of experience.

We're proud of our involvement in a variety of civic and professional associations. We contribute to United Way and enjoy an ongoing partnership with Hubbard Mastery Elementary School Adopt-A-School program.


SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development, was founded in 1977 with the management of our first facility, the Louisiana Superdome. We soon grew to manage convention centers, exhibition halls and trade centers, arenas, stadiums, performing arts centers, theaters, and specific-use venues such as equestrian centers. SMG currently manages over 200 facilities worldwide. Our ownership and team of dedicated corporate support personnel make us unrivaled in the field of private facility management. SMG is an affiliate of American Capital Strategies Ltd. (NASDAQ: ACAS)

There's always something exciting happening at the Greater Columbus Convention Center. Check out our Calendar of Events and the latest issue of Conventional Wisdom to learn more.

In 1974, Battelle Memorial Institute contributed $36.5 million and established the Battelle Commons Company to develop a convention facility in downtown Columbus. Construction began in February 1978, with doors to the Ohio Center, and its premier venue, Battelle Hall, opening on September 10, 1980. Battelle Hall quickly became known as a versatile venue embracing family shows, rock concerts, pop music concerts, theatrical productions and sporting events. Over the years, Battelle Hall hosted the championship Columbus Quest women's professional basketball team, professional wrestling, circus elephants, Ted Nugent, Ike & Tina Turner, Barney the purple costumed dinosaur, and Purple Rain singer Prince. Eventually, additional concert facilities were built throughout the city. Battelle Hall adapted, becoming the place to be for large public assemblies, trade shows, cheerleading events and other athletic competitions. Read more
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) is a program that seeks to minimize the impact that buildings have on the environment. LEED takes an integrated approach to building operations and includes aspects of energy, water, light, landscape, and refuse disposal. It is administered by the US Green Building Council, an independent third party. Read more
Meeting and event planners from throughout the country and their guests are discovering the splendor of Battelle Grand, the SMG-managed Greater Columbus Convention Center's multi-purpose ballroom that is the largest in Ohio. More info
The Greater Columbus Convention Center offers convenient dining, shopping and professional services without leaving the building. The shops offer a variety of items such as specialty gifts, souvenirs, jewelry and greeting cards. The Food Court has a wide selection of quick menu items as well as snacks. It's a lunchtime hotspot for local business people.
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