I-X Center to permanently close after 35 years due to coronavirus pandemic

I-X Center to permanently close after 35 years due to coronavirus pandemic

CLEVELAND, Ohio (WOIO) - The International Exposition Center (I-X Center) is closing its doors for good after operating for 35 years.

The closure is effective immediately and there will not be anymore events at the facility.

A press release sent out Wednesday morning by representatives with the the I-X Center said the coronavirus pandemic caused the closure.

There are around 75 full time and union employees who worked at the I-X Center.

Most of the staff has been furloughed since March.

David Gilbert, the President and CEO of Destination Cleveland released the below statement:

“The I-X Center was an important part of Cleveland’s events, meetings and conventions landscape, and it’s disappointing to hear that it is closing permanently. The closing illustrates the devastating economic effect of COVID-19 on the events, conventions and tourism industries for organizations, their employees and the ancillary businesses that count on places like the I-X Center to drive patrons to their establishments. Destination Cleveland wasn’t aware of the decision before it was reported by local news organizations and is determining the long-term effect on our overall events offering. Over the next few years, Destination Cleveland had only one confirmed convention and one confirmed multi-year, repeating sports event booked to take place at the I-X Center. Our sales team is reaching out to those clients to discuss next steps, including how we can accommodate the confirmed meetings/events in Cleveland as scheduled. We hope there may be meetings/events industry uses for the facility in the future.”

Since 1985, the I-X Center has welcomed more than two million visitors annually.

The 2.2 million square foot building was recognized in Guinness World Records in the late 80s as the largest single building convention center in the U.S.

The building has 1.6 million square feet of exhibition space.

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