Unconventional spaces offer settings for every style
By Mike Kezdi & Jeff Niesel
Inject a little personality into your event by matching the ambiance to the experience you want your attendees to have. Get into a historical mindset, class it up with a cultural setting, or get casual alongside a Great Lake at one of these venues.
Located Downtown, Cleveland Grays Armory Museum offers unique spaces like the Drill Hall for events of all styles and sizes—from weddings to boxing matches (15 to 1,000 people). Ariel International Center, a historic building just east of Downtown, boasts similarly awesome vistas of the skyline from its events center for up to 350 people. Located 30 minutes south in Medina, Root Candles can comfortably seat 200 attendees, and factory tours can be arranged for any group.
A sports theme is sure to make your upcoming event a winning one. Feed the need for speed at BOSS Pro-Karting, a 36,000-sq.-ft. indoor racetrack that offers on-site catering and six private rooms that accommodate up to 150 people. The Corner Alley is sure to bowl over attendees, combining both bowling and lounge space at its two locations (University Circle and Downtown). Down in Canton, the Pro Football Hall of Fame can accommodate all groups for day or evening events, seven days a week.
Productive meetings call for inspirational settings. The Cleveland Museum of Art, which can hold up to 700, regularly hosts mixers and events in its enormous atrium, Severance Hall, home to The Cleveland Orchestra, features the 2,000-seat Main Concert Hall, and Playhouse Square’s 10 stages make up the country’s second largest theater district. The largest, State Theatre, at full capacity fits more than 3,000.
MEET AND TEACH
Open year-round, the 183-acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo is a great place for an outing and features the new Stillwater Place with capacity for 300 people. In addition, the Cleveland Botanical Garden offers many gathering places with 10 acres of outdoor gardens and an 18,000-square-foot glasshouse. The Western Reserve Historical Society’s History Center holds up to 500 guests in its galleries of vintage cars and planes.
AL FRESCO ENTERTAINMENT
Edgewater Park and Wendy Park are lakeshore destinations with beaches and reservable pavilions that regularly host outdoor events. Located behind the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, Voinovich Park has recently hosted everything from the Gay Games to the Alternative Press Music Awards. A popular riverside concert venue, Jacobs Pavilion at Nautica with space for 5,000 is also available as a rental.