The Canton Civic Center has been Canton’s home for sports, music and entertainment since 1951. Over the years, countless world-class entertainers, politicians and athletes have graced the stage.
In recent years, the likes of Bob Dylan, Jason Aldean, The Harlem Globetrotters, Jeff Dunham, Big Bird, Mickey Mouse, many WWE wrestling superstars have entertained thousands right here in Canton.
The facility has also hosted many of the nation’s most important political figures, from Presidents George W. Bush, and Barack Obama, to Rudy Giuliani, and many of Ohio’s current and former Governors, Senators and Congressmen.
And when it comes to sports, few facilities in the country can match the number of legends who have walked through their doors. Because they are the home for the Pro Football Hall of Fame Enshrinement Festival, they have seen such football greats as Barry Sanders, Troy Aikman, Emmitt Smith, Joe Montana, Deacon Jones and many more take part in “Football’s Greatest Weekend.”
But their sports pedigree doesn’t stop with football. They are also the home to the OHSAA Boys and Girls High School Basketball tournaments and the Canton Charge, a NBA D-league team which is wholly owned by and affiliated with the Cleveland Cavaliers.
The Civic Center also host dozens of banquets, trade shows, conferences and wedding in both their 16,000 square foot auditorium that seats 5000, and our 8,000 square foot McKinley room which seats 600.
The Canton Civic Center is managed by SMG. Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theaters, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as the McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Louisiana Superdome.