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2021 Cleveland Auto Show postponed due to pandemic as well as venue issues after I-X Center closure

Posted at 1:13 PM, Nov 16, 2020
and last updated 2020-11-16 13:13:18-05

CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Auto Show is rescheduling the 2021 event that had been scheduled this spring due to the state’s restrictions on public gatherings and the closure of the I-X Center.

The I-X Center announced it would be closing in September. It was the host venue for the Cleveland Auto Show for more than 20 years.

After meetings with the I-X Center and city officials, a resolution was unable to be reached and the facility will remain closed until it can be decided how the building will be managed and used moving forward.

“As we continue to navigate through the Coronavirus issues, it’s best we delay the show until we have a clear path to producing an Auto Show indoors,” said Louis A. Vitantonio, President of the Greater Cleveland Auto Dealers’ Association and the Cleveland Auto Show. “We believe the Auto Show best fits in the I-X Center facility given the larger footprint it has; however, we can produce the Show in the Convention Center downtown as we did in the early 80’s.”

The Cleveland Auto Show is continuing to work with the I-X Center Corporation, the City of Cleveland and the Huntington Convention Center and said it hopes an announcement can be made soon regarding the rescheduled dates for the 2021 event.

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