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‘It’s a downtown designed for event planners!’

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Discovering downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, for the first time is often a happy surprise. The vibe is comfortable yet curious — a walkable district brimming with arts and creativity, food and culture, and a sense of belonging. There’s a blend of work and play, old and new, fun and function melding into a singular, good-memory experience. This “Hoosier Hospitality” thing is real and it’s earning Fort Wayne, Indiana, broad recognition as one of the most desirable destinations in the U.S.

We’re called ‘Grand’ for a reason, but you’ll call it the Total Experience.

For groups gathering in the award-winning Grand Wayne Convention Center (GWCC), “experience” means professionally crafted and hosted events that, in turn, make every event planner’s job easier and every attendee’s real-time experience amazing. GWCC welcomes about 325 events each year into its beautifully appointed, productive spaces and boasts a nearly 80% rebooking rate!

GWCC’s built-in essentials make event planning easy:

  • 225,000 sf of sleek, versatile, creative spaces with intuitive floor plans
  • 30,000 sf of adaptable pre-function areas, complimentary with rented spaces
  • 18 fully carpeted, fully equipped event spaces, including 66,000 sf of Convention & Expo space
  • Capacities for 4,500 theater; 2,900 classroom; and 3,100 banquet guests
  • Eight easy-access loading bays for simple, direct, no-fees move-in
  • Advanced, fully customizable, in-house AV technology options
  • Free high-performance WiFi for up to 5,000 simultaneous users
  • Three adjacent hotels with garage parking and skywalk connectivity
  • Event planners save up to 15% over comparable cities and venues!

With GWCC’s sumptuous architectural design comes acclaimed services:

  • Complimentary in-house sales and event managers
  • In-house team of professional AV technicians
  • Full in-house F&B services with onsite chefs and food service staff 
  • Complimentary on-site security, event hosts, and guest experience services

A notable list of complimentary “extras”

“We love meeting here. GWCC is an awesome space for our conference. Everything we want is here, and the staff delivers a high-quality experience every time. We love this city and are always excited to be back!”
— Dave Arnold, GLACUHO

Go beyond the conference!

For most attendees, event registration goes beyond the meeting agenda. There’s a curiosity and desire for experiences that add value to traveling and attending an event. Visitors to downtown Fort Wayne will find a variety of good-memory experiences within an easy walk of Grand Wayne Convention Center — a downtown brimming with more than 60 specialty restaurants and pubs … aromatic coffee and dessert houses … a trail of 150+ works of art (Art This Way) … accredited museums and nationally renowned galleries … live music and theatre, pop-ups and festivals … relaxing riverfront parks and stroll-worthy gardens … historic landmarks and a renaissance of downtown living … and an open invitation to keep current in Fort Wayne, Indiana!

Fort Wayne, for sure:

The very essence of “Hoosier Hospitality” lives in the heart of downtown Fort Wayne, Indiana, and at Grand Wayne Convention Center. For a virtual introduction to this amazing destination, enjoy this video or visit