Huntington assumes Cleveland Convention Center naming rights

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CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Convention Center will become the Huntington Convention Center of Cleveland with signage installed in time for the Republican National Convention.

According to a press release, Huntingon has purchased the naming rights held by FirstMerit Corporation.

According to the release, the agreement will provide more than $400,000 annually to Cuyahoga County.

Long-term exterior signage will be installed by summer in advance of the 2016 Republican National Convention in July.

“This is a great moment for Cuyahoga County and the Greater Cleveland community to take pride in the outstanding showcase that is the convention center,” said Steve Steinour, Huntington’s chairman, president and CEO, in the release. “As the eyes of the country and the world focus on this important center in the Midwest, we want to step up and ensure top-quality signage design is in place and ready to share.”

FirstMerit last year announced plans to acquire naming rights for the Cleveland Convention Center.

Huntington has since purchased FirstMerit.

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