DETROIT — The 723,000-square-foot convention center in downtown Detroit has just gotten a new moniker: Huntington Place. In an announcement Dec. 9, the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority (DRCFA) said the new name comes as a result of the merger of Huntington Bancshares Incorporated and TCF Financial Corporation into Huntington National Bank. TCF had purchased the naming rights in 2019 and renamed the center, which had gone by the Cobo Center, as the TCF Center.
Now that TCF has a new name post-merger, it follows that so would the convention center, which hosts numerous large conferences and trade shows, including the North American International Auto Show, as well as a variety of special events. The center, which originally opened in 1960, finished a $279 million transformation six years ago and, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, brought 1.5 million global visitors to the city. Center officials anticipate a return to growth in its meetings and conventions market in 2022.
“Our naming rights agreement, which was a priority for the Detroit Regional Convention Facility Authority, began with TCF Bank and continues with Huntington Bank in strengthening the Center’s financial future. We are dedicated not only to being a contributor to our region’s economic vitality, but also to creating jobs and enhancing the attraction of our destination to visitors,” Lisa Canada, Chair, DRCFA, said. “Both of our organizations have a deep commitment to the communities we serve.”
Reach Lisa Canada at (313) 877-8777.