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About The Show

The Third Annual Akron Boat & Watersports Show is very proud to be located at such a wonderful facility like the John. S Knight Center.

The Center will be packed full of all different styles of boats including Pontoons, Bowriders, Deck Boats, Jet Boats, Ski Boats, Wakesurf Boards, Jet-Skis, Fishing Boats, & Bass Boats from dealers located all across northern Ohio.

We have all your favorite Boat Dealers and man more nautical Vendors displaying at the show. In addition to the boats themselves, learn more and check out a great selection of Watersports accessories (Tubes, Skis, Wakeboards, Surfboards) as well as Kayaks and Stand Up Paddle Boards.

Another thing that we are very excited about is making this show a laid-back, fun atmosphere where you can hang out with friends, listen to some great live music (for info on live music times visit Things To Do page). You can drink some tropical drinks, and grab some perch or shrimp for lunch or dinner. We will have a full bar set-up and have some great dining options including several seafood selections.

All of this with a special introductory admission rate of only $8 for adults, FREE for Children, and FREE Parking the entire weekend (after 6pm Friday and all day Sat/Sun).

 

March 1-3, 2019

John Knight Center
77 E Mill St, Akron, OH 44308

Friday, March 1 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Noon – 9 pm

Saturday, March 2 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 am – 9 pm

Sunday, March 3 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .11 am – 6 pm

Adults – $8.00

Children 12 and younger – FREE

PARKING

We recommend you plan your parking ahead of time for the show, there are various parking decks available around the John S. Knight Center. There are several FREE parking options after 6pm Friday and all day Saturday and Sunday (see below). The Broadway Deck (immediately south of the John S Knight Center) has a skywalk bridge connected to the Center.

Click on the points above for daily rates and more information on area decks.

Parking is FREE in all City of Akron decks on Fridays after 6pm, Saturdays, Sundays and Holidays. – Mondays through Thursdays, 6pm to 6am – $2 flat rate. – City of Akron-owned decks include: Broadway, Cascade, CitiCenter, High/Market & Morley.

Handicapped accessible parking is available at the Broadway deck connected to our building by the Skywalk.

FAQ

Why go to a boat show?

There’s a boat or personal watercraft for every lifestyle, activity and budget. Attending a show allows you to compare all of your options at one time, in one place.

Can I get on the boats?

Yes! However, some exhibitors have special boarding rules. Please respect their requests.

Do you offer shuttle service?

The I-X Center does not offer shuttle service; however, if you stay at some of our partner or surrounding hotels, they may have shuttle service available for I-X Center patrons.

Do you have an ATM available?

Yes, there are ATMs available in both the East and West lobbies.

Can I use a credit card or personal check to purchase tickets?

We do accept major credit cards at most shows; however, we do not accept personal checks.

Can I gift my ticket to someone else, even if it has my name on it?

Yes. As long as the ticket is in possession of the attendee, it can be used.

Is there a “Will Call”?

Yes, Will Call is located by the Main Entrance to the show.

Is my ticket good for multiple days?

Tickets are same day only. You must buy another ticket to attend multiple days.

Are there senior discounts?

Adults 60 and over are given a discounted rate each day of $12

Do you have a coat check?

Yes, located near the ticket booths in the main lobby.

Are food and/or drinks available at the show?

Yes, there is something for everyone, with multiple concession stands throughout the show providing food and drinks (alcoholic and non-alcoholic).

Can I bring in my own food and beverages?

No outside food, beverages, coolers or sack lunches are allowed in the facility.

Do you have activities for kids?

Yes, we have multiple kids’ activities, and have even designated a special Kids’ Day on Monday, January 21.

Is there a lost and found?

During the show, all items turned in are taken to the Show Office where tickets are purchased. After the show, all items are placed with customer service, which can be reached at 216.265.2500.

Are wheelchairs available?

Wheelchairs are available on a first-come, first-served basis at no charge. A photo ID must be left with the attendant to secure return. There are no strollers or wagons available to rent; however, you may bring your own in most shows. You should always check the event website to confirm they are permitted prior to attending.

Is there handicap parking?

Clearly designated handicap parking areas are available around the facility and are to be used only as specified by state, local and federal laws.

Is there a first-aid station?

Yes, there is one located in each lobby staffed by paramedics from University Hospitals for all events.

Can I smoke at the I-X Center?

The I-X Center is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not permitted anywhere in the building. Designated smoking areas are located outside the venue. Smoking is also defined to include any and all electronic cigarettes or e-cigarettes.

Can I carry?

In accordance with Ohio’s “concealed carry” law and the right for private entities to ban handguns on their premises, firearms and other weapons of any kind are strictly forbidden on the premises of the I-X Center.