Cobo Center’s 40,000-square-foot ballroom is finally open and what a ballroom it is.
It can seat the entire population of Grosse Pointe Shores for dinner – 2,250 people. It has more theater-style seating at 3,500 than the theater that hosts the Academy Awards. If people are standing the ballroom can fit 4,500, the same number of people who can fit into the Copacabana in New York City.
So just how big is the new ballroom? It’s 264 feet long, 164 feet wide and 40 feet tall, with a total interior volume of 1.9 million cubic feet. If it were water tight, it could hold more than 14 million gallons of water or nearly enough to fill the Shamu Stadium water tank at SeaWorld in San Diego three times. It has 40,000 square feet of floor space, including pre-function areas.