In the 2012 presidential election, no county in Ohio cast as many votes as Cuyahoga County, the county surrounding Cleveland. In that election, a voter swing of as little as 15% in Cuyahoga County would have turned Ohio red. The 2016 Republican Convention presents an opportunity to win the hearts and minds of Ohioans early.
Cleveland has the resources, experience and motivation to host an extremely successful and memorable convention. No other city will generate the press and strategic advantage of Cleveland. Cleveland 2016—Start here. Finish here.Get Started
Cleveland is the home of spacious and modern convention facilities—all in the heart of the city, and just a short walk from your hotel.
Quicken Loans Arena, affectionately known locally as “The Q,” will serve as the main RNC convention area. This multipurpose arena is home to three professional sports teams, numerous college basketball tournaments, concerts and various entertainment events throughout the year. The Q seats 20,562, including 2,000 club seats and 88 luxury suites. An extensive renovation in 2005 updated and modernized key elements of the facility, including new seats, state-of-the-art scoreboards, video systems, sound systems, arena graphics, signage, security, locker rooms and suites.
The supporting venues are conveniently located within walking distance of Quicken Loans Arena and contain more than amble space for RNC support staff and meetings. These venues include Cleveland’s new $465 million Convention Center, a sustainable facility featuring a 750,000-square-foot exhibit hall floor and 35 meeting rooms; the Public Auditorium & Conference Center with a 20,000 square foot lobby, a 10,000 seat auditorium and 15 meeting rooms; and the 4-star Renaissance Cleveland Hotel with 15 floors of guest rooms, meeting rooms and a self-service business center.
Cleveland is located within 500 miles of 43% of the U.S. population, making it extremely accessible for delegates from across the country. Plus, downtown Cleveland has accommodations ranging from four-star hotels to more budget-conscious options, assuring that there’s a room at the center of the city for everyone.
From the luxurious to the boutique, the historic to the contemporary, Cleveland has amble accommodation options to accommodate the delegates, families and staff coming to our city. Cleveland has 14 premium hotel brands contributing nearly 5,000 rooms downtown by spring of 2016, including four properties opening in the near future, highlighted by the 484-room Westin and the 600-room Hilton convention center hotel. With the hotel additions, Cleveland will be offering 17,000 rooms within a 45 minute drive of Downtown Cleveland.
The ease of getting around Cleveland is apparent the moment you arrive. Our world-class airports make the trip easy, when landing at either Cleveland-Hopkins International Airport, or Burke Lakefront Airport, the preferred business airport for commuter jets. Our state-of-the-art bus/rail transit system and free trolleys make it easy to get to the RNC convention arena and back. And while you’re here, our unique close-quarter neighborhoods make Cleveland one of the Midwest’s most walk-able destinations.
With the 183-acre Cleveland Metroparks Zoo, the Great Lakes Science Center and more than 10 arts and cultural institutions nearby, our city offers plenty of family-friendly entertainment. Plus, did you know that Cleveland is the second-largest theater district in the United States? Catch a show in the PlayhouseSquare Theater District and see for yourself!
Enjoy a drink at one of our award-winning local microbreweries or martini bars. Play a hand at the tables in the Horseshoe Casino, adjacent to Quicken Loans Arena. Or grab your clubs and play a few rounds at one of Cleveland’s world-class golf courses. There’s something for everyone looking for a good time out in Cleveland!
Cleveland is the home of the Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame, but our love of rock doesn’t stop there. From intimate clubs like the Grog Shop to outdoor venues like Blossom Music Center, Cleveland moves to a new rockin’ beat every night.
While downtown, visit the Galleria, 5th Street Arcades and Tower City Center for unique shops and boutiques. Looking for other upscale shopping options? Luxurious shops are just a short drive away at lifestyle centers such as Legacy Village and Crocker Park.
Cleveland cuisine has gotten a lot of attention lately—and it’s not just for our delicious pierogi. Fresh, farm-to-table restaurants and creative sandwich shops are just the beginning. From high-end downtown dining experiences created by Iron Chef Michael Symon to the delicious hot dogs with up to 50 available toppings at Happy Dog, Cleveland is quickly becoming the foodie capital of the Midwest.