Settings For Every Style
Planning Great Events with Motivational Themes
By Chris Crowell
Productive meetings call for inspirational settings - art, music, theater, or sports backdrops. For instance, classy and cultured galas or weddings would be perfect for the Cleveland Museum of Art, which can hold up to 700 under its amazing new atrium. Looking for edgy and in your face? Head back downtown to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, which has multiple rental options from its theater (163) to the entire museum (2,500).
Every audience loves a stage, so the country's second-largest performing arts district, PlayhouseSquare, offers 10 such stages (five full-sized professional theatres). The largest, State Theatre, at full capacity fits more than 3,000. Blocks away, the House of Blues Cleveland boasts several rooms for rent, including the restaurant and music hall which holds up to 3,000 guests. For an open-air vibe, the amphitheater of Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica and nearby First Energy Powerhouse can hold nearly 10,000 people for mingling right along the Cuyahoga River, while Edgewater Park's 6,000 feet of shoreline includes two beaches, a playground, and reservable pavilions.
Cleveland is full of similarly dynamic gathering spots that can empower your specific meeting with a motif - especially big sports metaphors. FirstEnergy Stadium, home of the Cleveland Browns, and Progressive Field, home of the Cleveland Indians, both offer 14 unique areas for rent, respectively. First Energy's largest area (BrownsTown Patio) holds 2,000, while the warning track at Progressive can fit 500 to 1,000.