Automotive News reports that the Detroit Auto Show will remain in the Cobo Center for the next five years. Rod Alberts, executive director of the North American International Auto Show, and Thom Connors, Cobo Center general manager, signed a contract that will keep the show at Cobo through 2017. The report says the deal could mean $1.75 billion in combined economic impact for southeast Michigan. While the Cobo Center has seen significant expansion in recent years, voices from around the automotive industry had called for the show's move to a new venue.

Cobo Center recently secured funding for third phase of the hall's renovation. The plans call for Cobo Arena to converted into a 40,000 square-foot ballroom; an open-air terrace is also part of the plan, which will cost around $279 million.

Previous changes to the hall have focused on infrastructure, with the aim of improving the building's wiring so that automakers can use large presentation screens in their displays. Automotive News reports the second phase of of the renovations cost approximately $57 million, and included additional parking, roof work and more exhibition space.


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      Phil B
      • 2 Years Ago
      "Cobo Center recently secured funding for third phase of the hall's renovation. The plans call for Cobo Arena to converted into a 40,000 square-foot ballroom" Two errors in two sentences....does anybody proof read their work any more? These f***ing amateurs....
        Talisman
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phil B
        This writer obviously didn't really care if anything he said was correct. "Crammed" in Cobo? There was actually excess space the past couple of years(the gave DUB magazine main floor space!). With the renovations that are currently in progress, there wont be any issues with a lack of appropriate venue.
          RR Coor J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Talisman
          I'd forgive him if English was his second langauge, but his name is Zach Bowman lol
          RR Coor J
          • 2 Years Ago
          @Talisman
          *language oops hehe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @Phil B
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      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      Don't forget to stop by and see the new 2012 indy car and enter to win tickets to the Chevrolet Belle Isle Grand Prix.
      LUSTSTANG S-197
      • 2 Years Ago
      Hopefully two years is long enough to do the necessary upgrades in order to keep the show there. I mean, what better place to have the auto show than "The Motor City". It's long been my fear that Detroit would lose the show to some other city. They have been talking for years about acquiring neighboring Joe Louis Arena, where the Redwings currently play, to expand Cobo Hall. It just so happens the Redwings are looking for a new arena within the next couple of years, so we shall see what happens.
      ryanandrewmartin
      • 2 Years Ago
      Is it just me or does that place look like it is in the process of toppling in on itself in every picture it is in?
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
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        LUSTSTANG S-197
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        It must just be you. It looks like a regular building to me. But now, all you trolls gotta come out and rip on it because it's in Detroit.
        Kepe
        • 2 Years Ago
        @ryanandrewmartin
        Yeah that thing reminds me more of some huge Soviet era factory rather than a cool venue for all kinds of cool shows and what not.
      Scr
      • 2 Years Ago
      Open air terrace? In Detroit? WHY?????
      budwsr25
      • 2 Years Ago
      I was in the place yesterday and you can notice some of the differences. The replaced alot of carpet and did so far alot of painting.
      Mallik
      • 2 Years Ago
      Whats bigger than Cobo Hall in South Eastern Michigan?? Can't really think of much..,
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