After I-X Center Corp announced last September that the venue was closing permanently due to COVID, MPE made plans to move the Home + Garden Show to the Convention Center in downtown Cleveland starting in 2022. “From the first conversation, Huntington Convention Center management has been incredibly supportive,” explained Tom Baugh, CEO of Marketplace Events. “But the stakeholders have been honest with each other that – all things being equal – the I-X Center is the preferred location for major public shows and the downtown Convention Center is the preferred location for trade shows. Our return to the I-X Center reflects that reality.”
„I-X Center is the preferred location for major public shows.“
The return to the I-X Center will allow the Great Big Home + Garden Show to continue to grow. “We produce more than 70 events annually and the Great Big Home + Garden Show is one of the top 5 home shows in North America,” said Baugh. The 2022 Great Big Home + Garden Show layout may well look different, however, depending on warehousing commitments in the South Hall of the I-X Center.
Prior to COVID, the company had intended to launch a second, smaller Home + Remodeling Show at the I-X Center in March of 2020. But COVID put a stop to this, with the launch now postponed till 2023, MPE stated.