Ribbon cut for new convention center in Cleveland

CLEVELAND (AP) — Community leaders have cut the traditional ribbon to dedicate the new Cleveland Convention Center.

Top city and county elected officials took part in the ceremony Friday afternoon marking the official opening. The center is connected with an exhibit hall focused on medicine and health innovation.

The $465 million project was financed by a sales tax increase and could help attract conventions to boost the Cleveland economy.

The convention center includes a ballroom, 90,000 square feet of meeting rooms and 230,000 square feet of exhibit space.

The facility is booked for dozens of events this year, starting with the National Senior Games in mid-July. That’s expected to draw more than 35,000 people.

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