From intimate board meetings to expansive trade shows to full service banquets, we stand ready to make your next event a grand experience!
If you haven’t visited us lately, you’re in for a nice surprise. There’s more to see and do, and a short walk delivers you to sidewalk cafés, eateries, fine dining, nationally acclaimed museums and art galleries, a vibrant nightlife, live music, stage shows, botanical gardens, an internationally recognized library, and an extensive parks and trails network along Fort Wayne’s three rivers. It’s all part of a reimagined downtown where business, sports, and culture thrive.
“I received more comments from attending members about the friendly, courteous service given by the folks of Fort Wayne. Fort Wayne is a big little town with safe streets, good eats, and neat things to see and do. It is amazing how many people participated in making this show such a joyful experience.”
— Gibby Gibson, NFLCCStart Planning Your Next Event
In Fort Wayne, the "welcome" mat is always out and we always have a friendly "hello" waiting for every guest.
Dallas W. Johnson 2016 North American Scrabble Championship
When our group arrived in Fort Wayne, it was overwhelmed by the welcome from the community. From the beginning, we were amazed with the unprecedented level of attention and customer service provided. The many ideas that were implemented, big and small, made our members feel valued and special. Grand Wayne Center is a stunning work of architecture with easy access to hotels, restaurants and entertainment. Our members were impressed with how clean, modern, entertaining and friendly Fort Wayne proved to be. The downtown is very walkable, and we loved the variety of restaurants. Fort Wayne was not on the radar for some of our members when we announced where we were holding the championship, but the top-flight facilities and personnel resulted in rave reviews in post-tournament feedback. Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2016 North American Scrabble Championship the best event we’ve ever held. Many of our members expressed interest in returning to Fort Wayne!
Randy Rusk Do It Best Corporation
Love the tech support. After several years of staging our event there, this is by far the smoothest process. Very professional group. I know my event is in good hands.
Bill Gafkjen Indiana-Kentucky Synod, ELCA
Grand Wayne Convention Center staff makes all the difference. They are professional, helpful, customer-focused, and supportive of the event's vision.
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Greet guess with abundant natural light shining in from 1,830 exterior windows.
Our $40 million expansion project means we're even better equipped to host your events!
Minimize time in line with 6 main restrooms in convenient locations for a total of 122 restroom stalls.
Luxurious 30,000 square feet of pre-function space with polished terrazzo floors.
Create a great first impression when your guests are greeted with our $1.8 million-landscaped convention center.
You have a vision—we’re ready to help you plan and run the whole thing from start to finish. Ready to go Grand?Let's get started