So long, Cobo Hall! Huntington Place is the new name for Detroit’s world-class convention center. Karen Totaro, general manager for ASM Global, which runs the day-to-day operations for the venue, announced the name change. “Our partnership with Huntington Bank brings a wealth of opportunities to our community and visitors,” she said. “As we continue to elevate this Detroit convention center as an industry gold standard, the creative, hardworking team at Huntington Place continues to make diversity a strength as it focuses entirely on the success of every event.”

The 17th largest convention center in the United States, Huntington Place has 723,000 square feet of exhibit space. Originally opened as Cobo Hall in 1960, it completed a $279 million transformation in 2015. Before the pandemic, the convention center attracted nearly 1.5 million visitors annually. During the COVID-19 crisis, the venue became a civic center for the Detroit region, serving as a field hospital, a day center for homeless services, a food distribution center for Food Rescue US, and the city’s largest vaccination site with a drive-through facility in the Atwater Garage.

In 2022 the venue expects to host several big trade shows, including Silicone Expo, the world's first free-to attend commercial trade show and conference for the silicone industry in June, and Connect Marketplace in August. huntingtonplacedetroit.com

After a three-year hiatus, the North American International Auto Show is back in Detroit this fall.

Anchored by Huntington Place with additional components taking place throughout downtown Detroit, it will be open to the public Sept. 17-25. Media/Tech Days are set for Sept. 14 and 15, with a Charity Preview Sept. 16.

Chairman Joe Lunghamer says he’s excited that the show is returning.

“We are grateful to be back,” he says. “The Detroit Auto Show has a long history. Everyone seems to have a story about their experiences at the show.

 

Karen Totaro returns to the Midwest to run Detroit’s Huntington Place.

 

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