"We have a world-class facility to go with a world-class show."

5:47 PM, Jan 15, 2014   |    comments
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Cobo Center in downtown Detroit. Photo courtesy: the Detroit Free Press.

DETROIT, Mich. (WZZM) -- If you're planning on going to the auto show, you'll also see some of the renovations made to Cobo Center.

This is the first year visitors will see the new 30,000 square foot glass atrium facing the Detroit River, there's a new glass ballroom and conference center, plus a Detroit-inspired food kitchen. These projects were part of phase three of a $279 million renovation plan, which began at Cobo in 2009.

"Now we have a world-class facility to go with a world-class show," Said North American International Auto Show Chairman Bob Shuman. "The building was in a lot of trouble 7 or 8 years ago. In fact, there was even a time when the dealers thought of moving the show to another facility. It got to be to that point. There was a lot of issues that needed to be resolved."

The Auto show opens to the public this Saturday, and goes through Sunday, January 26.

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