I-X Center

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International Exposition Center
InternationalExpositionCenter.jpg
Address One I-X Center Drive
Cleveland, Ohio 44135
Coordinates 41°23′55″N 81°51′11″W / 41.39850°N 81.85312°W / 41.39850; -81.85312Coordinates: 41°23′55″N 81°51′11″W / 41.39850°N 81.85312°W / 41.39850; -81.85312
Owner City of Cleveland[1]
Operator Park Corp.[2]
Built 1942
Opened 1985
Enclosed space
 • Total space 2,200,000 square feet (200,000 m2)
Website http://www.ixcenter.com/

The International Exposition Center, also known as the I-X Center, is a convention and exhibition hall located in Cleveland, Ohio,[2] adjacent to Cleveland Hopkins International Airport. The 2,200,000-square-foot (200,000 m2) building includes over 1,000,000 square feet (93,000 m2) total square feet of exhibition and conference space,[3] making it one of the largest meeting, convention, and exhibition centers in the United States. The diverse show schedule includes public events featuring one of the country's largest boat shows, Trade Show 200 events, banquets and meetings attracting over 2 million visitors each year.

Originally located within Brook Park, Ohio,[4] the building and 90 acres (36 ha) of neighboring land became part of Cleveland in a 2001 land swap that sent most of the NASA Glenn Research Center to Brook Park.[5]

History[edit]

Air Force One passes in front of the I-X Center

It was built in 1942 as a General Motors-operated factory and was used to build bombers during World War II as the Cleveland Bomber Plant. For a time, it built the wing assembly for the B-29 Superfortress, then the experimental XP-75.[2]

It later served for many years as a tank factory.[4] The M41 Walker Bulldog, M56 Scorpion, M114, the MOG Howitzer, and the M551 Sheridan were built at the facility.[2] Former employees of the tank plant reported that there were at least two, maybe three basement levels, of course now they are classified. One basement had a large pool in it for testing water-tightness of production tanks. Current security personnel agree there is more than the one basement level to the building, but will not confirm exactly how many.

It was vacant from 1970 to 1977, when it was purchased by Park Corp. with the intention of converting it into an exhibition hall. It re-opened in 1985 as the I-X Center. The Park Corp. sold the building to the City of Cleveland in 2001, but continues to lease and operate it.[2]

In 1990, the I-X Center was used as a temporary home for North Olmsted High School. On September 16, 1990, two students had set fire to the front of the high school, causing significant damage.

A 2008 expansion added 185,000 square feet (17,200 m2) of exhibition space, increasing the exhibition floor to 985,000 square feet (91,500 m2). The entire ceiling was repainted for the first time since 1984, using 27,000 gallons of paint.[3]

Ferris wheel[edit]

The building's 125-foot (38 m) tall Ferris wheel is a centerpiece of the annual IX Indoor Amusement Park.[6] It premiered at the 1992 Greater Cleveland Auto Show, at which time it was the world's tallest indoor Ferris wheel.[7][8] The top of the wheel is enclosed in a glass atrium and rises approximately 35 feet (11 m) above the main roof.[9] It usually does not operate during trade shows.[10]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Teamor working for ex- owner of I-X He has been hired by company in California. The Plain Dealer. 2007-01-15. Accessed 2009-01-19.
  2. ^ a b c d e Carey, Allison (2007-02-19). "What's the Deal With... The I-X Center?". The Plain Dealer. Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  3. ^ a b Miller, Jay (2008-01-14). "I-X Center to add 185,000 square feet of exhibit space". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  4. ^ a b "I-X Center". Encyclopedia of Cleveland History. Case Western Reserve University. 1997-07-02. Retrieved 2007-04-19. 
  5. ^ Achkar, Alan (2001-02-07). "City, Brook Park End Airport War". The Plain Dealer. 
  6. ^ "IX Indoor Amusement Park". Retrieved 2009-01-19. 
  7. ^ Kids Get Turn At Wheel As Auto Show Opens. The Plain Dealer. 1992-02-22. Accessed 2009-01-19.
  8. ^ About the Cleveland I-X Center in Cleveland Ohio
  9. ^ Facility Advantages & Services
  10. ^ FAQs

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