Visitors to the North American International Auto Show will likely be as impressed with the redesigned Cobo Center as they will be with the redesigned automobiles.
The convention center is getting a $260 million makeover, which will expand the display space and convert the old Cobo Arena into a 40,000 sq. foot ballroom.
Work is ongoing, but enough is done to give good evidence that the new center will be fabulous.
Visitors will see the new atrium, with its Tara-like staircase that opens up to a wall of windows giving a beautiful view of the Detroit River and the Windsor skyline.
Meeting rooms will also have river views.
The hall has an airier feel, even in the basement. It’s a much more modern look.
After years of complaining about the inadequacies of Cobo, the makeover is turning it into a nationaly competitive convention center that should more than meet the needs of the auto show.