If you are a meeting, event or tournament planner searching for modern, flexible arena space in a convenient, fun, affordable, midwest or mid-south location – you've come to the right place! As part of a vibrant tri-state region anchored by downtown Cincinnati and a bustling entertainment-filled riverfront, NORTHERN KENTUCKY offers outstanding advantages as a destination – both for you and for your participants.
When you meet here, your group will enjoy numerous options for casual and fast food dining, a wide choice in hotel accommodations and the availability of a myriad of family-friendly attractions, festivals and events – and that's just the beginning.
Read on to learn more about Northern Kentucky, our complimentary CVB services and the beautiful new Bank of Kentucky Center arena – a great choice for your group's next event.
The Bank of Kentucky Center
Opened in 2008, the $64 million, state-of-the-art Bank of Kentucky Center is the midwest's premier, multi-purpose arena facility designed specifically to host sporting events, large faith-based celebrations, regional events and competitions, training camps, motivational rallies and conventions, live concerts, family shows and more.
Located on the beautifully landscaped campus of Northern Kentucky University, the 245,000 square foot, bowl-shaped arena boasts a capacity of nearly 10,000 seats for most events – 9,400 for basketball games – and has a specialty curtaining system that allows the venue to be cut to half size. You'll find two decks of seating, 12 luxury boxes, two party decks that accommodate up to 100 people and two party suites that seat up to 50.
You and your guests will enjoy ample on-site parking, a safe suburban location and numerous facilities for private meetings and conferences, along with full service catering options and many modern amenities. The Bank of Kentucky Center – proudly managed by SMG, the world leader in facility management – is committed to unmatched customer services before, during and after your event.
For questions or help with planning a meeting, sports or other special event at the Bank of Kentucky Center, contact us anytime 24/7.
The Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati area is within a day's drive of 60% of the U.S. population so getting here is easy from throughout the midwest (and beyond) via major interstate highways I-75, I-71and I-74. Once you're here, your Northern Kentucky location puts you at the heart of all the action the region has to offer.
Things to Do & Dining
For outings or free time, your guests are sure to enjoy the numerous world-class attractions in Northern Kentucky / Greater Cincinnati including the Cincinnati Reds and Florence Freedom (minor league baseball), riverboat cruises, Kings Island theme park, Coney Island amusement park, Cincinnati Museum Center, Newport on the Levee entertainment complex, Newport Aquarium, The Creation Museum, Ark Park and the world-famous Cincinnati Zoo – and that's just the beginning. Be sure to search our festival and events calendar to find out what's going on year-round all over town. You're sure to find many exciting entertainment options for your group!
Shopping opportunities abound and include something for everyone including outdoor lifestyle centers with all your favorite stores, historic neighborhood enclaves filled with unique shops and specialty boutiques, lively flea and antiques markets – plus IKEA, Nordstrom, Sak's Fifth Avenue, Tiffany's, numerous art gallery hops and so much more.
Family-friendly dining options are plentiful and include all the popular fast-food and casual dining chains along with numerous local pubs & restaurants offering specialty pizzas, burgers, ribs, traditional American favorites and a variety of casual and ethnic fare that will appeal to a wide range of tastes.
We're Here To Help
There is often a lot of information to be gathered – and many decisions to be made – when planning an arena-size gathering, tournament or other large event. We understand this and we're here to help.
As event planner, you will enjoy access to full support every step of the way from a professional hospitality community and from a friendly and highly skilled Northern Kentucky CVB sales and convention services team dedicated to making your site-selection and planning processes here both efficient & enjoyable. We offer many complimentary services to assist you and look forward to learning more about the needs of your group. Let us know how we can help you today.
Hotels for your group
You'll find a broad selection of hotels located within a 6 to 20-mile radius of the Bank of Kentucky Center. Many of them are award-winners for outstanding service and product and they encompass a range of room rates wide enough to meet any budget. At these fine hotels, you and your guests will enjoy exceptional accommodations and numerous family-friendly amenities, along with the extra meeting space you may require for your event – all only minutes away from popular-priced and casual dining options AND the region's top attractions and entertainment and events venues.
Choose a property below to view more details about each hotel. For more information about hosting your event at the Bank of Kentucky Center, contact us anytime 24/7 or use the Submit an RFP link on this page to send us your specifications.
Airport Area Hotels
I-71/75 Central Hotels