Cleveland Convention Center free sneak peak open house Saturday for grand opening weekend

CLEVELAND - On Saturday, June 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Cleveland Convention Center will be open to the general public for a "Celebrate the Center: Community Open House and Celebration"

The celebration includes fun interactive displays, team mascot and alumni appearances, and autograph sessions from the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Indians, and Cleveland Cavaliers.

The United States Coast Guard, the 2013 National Senior Summer Games, Positively Cleveland, and the City of Cleveland will also provide informational displays along with live music provided by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The general public is encouraged to enjoy this free 'sneak peak' of the one-million square foot facility. The first 1,000 attendees ages 16 and over will receive a commemorative lunch tote bag. The first 1,000 children will receive a commemorative Convention Center plastic telescope.

The three major league professional sports teams will feature interactive games, kid's clinics, alumni autograph sessions, ticket information, and appearances by the team mascots and the Cavaliers dance teams.

In addition to providing live music on the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame stage, the Rock Hall will also offer educational information and discount admission tickets. There will be additional entertainment and celebrity appearances throughout the day, including a performance by the well-known 'Dancing Wheels' dance troupe.

In the adjacent Global Center for Health Innovation (formerly known as the Medical Mart), the Northeast Ohio Healthcare Workforce Collaborative will host nearly 40 educational, government, and healthcare organizations at the "Explore the World of Health Careers" in the Global Center junior ballroom to showcase the rich diversity of healthcare occupations and the educational programs which lead to these careers.  

The Cleveland Convention Center will host its first event, the 2013 National Senior Summer Games, beginning July 19. The Global Center is scheduled to open in October, hosting the Cleveland Clinic Medical Innovation Summit October 14-16.

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