About Us

The vision of TCF Center is to make each event the most important of the year. The mission is delivering outstanding event experiences.

TCF Center is the 17th largest convention center in the United States. Built by the City of Detroit, it was originally opened in 1960 and named Cobo Hall in honor of former Detroit Mayor Albert E. Cobo (1950-1957).

In 2009 the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) was established by the state of Michigan and leased the facility from the City of Detroit to own and operate it for 33 years.  The five-member Authority Board consists of one representative from each of five government agencies – the City of Detroit, State of Michigan and the three metro-Detroit counties of Wayne, Oakland and Macomb. 

In October 2010, the DRCFA awarded the contract for operations management of the facility to SMG, the world leader in venue management, marketing and development, who rebranded it Cobo Center, and revived the business to its current world class status.

In 2019, the DRCFA awarded venue naming rights to TCF Bank. Today, TCF Center hosts conferences, conventions and tradeshows bringing 1.5 million visitors a year from across the globe to Detroit.

 

TCF Center is among ‘Best in Class’ of regionally and nationally competitive US convention centers in the following key categories:

  • Contiguous exhibition space (623,000 sq ft), 723,000 overall
  • 225,000 square feet of breakout and meeting space including 100 meeting rooms
  • Lobby coffee/wine bar
  • Interior flex spaces for work/lounge/networking
  • Outdoor terraces for flex space use
  • Overhead rigging capacity on 10’ grid
  • First for facility-wide, free, high-speed Wi-Fi coverage
  • An in-house broadcast studio with video editing, and facility-wide fiber network
  • An extensive digital signage communication system throughout the facility including two giant exterior signs that provide possible shared revenue opportunities for events
  • High-end food & beverage presentation capability
  • International access: US Port of Entry – Tunnel to Canada two blocks from the facility
  • Detroit riverfront location
  • Cross Canada direct highway connection to East Coast population centers (Western New York, New England)
  • Superior airlift capacity at award-winning Detroit Metro Airport (ranked #1 by many industry analysts)
  • Public transport access to downtown shopping attractions and hotels with on-site downtown People Mover station
  • Overall campus on the riverfront includes Hart Plaza, making an outdoor festival or special event space easily accessible
  • Since 2010 under new management by industry leaders SMG (overall operations) and Centerplate (food service)
  • Metro Detroit has experience successfully hosting major events including the Super Bowl, MLB All-Star Game and World Series, and the NCAA Final Four and Frozen Four! No other city in the US has done that
  • Retail shopping provided on the concourse of TCF Center in the Pure Detroit shop featuring local artists and artisians, offering made-in-Detroit merchandise. A good taste of Detroit flavor