Location

Venue

Cobo Center Hall C
1 Washington Blvd
Detroit, MI
48226

We are returning to Cobo Center this year! It’s famously the biggest convention space in the state of Michigan, home to other huge events like the Detroit Auto Show. Here’s why you’ll enjoy our venue this year:

* 80,000 square feet of space in one central hall. A different, upgraded room with even more space than last year.

* 24/7 overnight venue on Friday and Saturday of the event. Stay up all night to hang out with other Smashers.

* Walking distance to several nearby hotels, food, and entertainment in the heart of downtown Detroit.

* Located only a short ride from Detroit Metro Airport, with cheap transportation options to and from. (more info TBA!)

* Discounted hotel room rate for TBH8 attendees. Stay next to the venue for a true national Smash event experience!

Travel

IF YOU ARE DRIVING IN:

Paid Parking Options

DoubleTree Hilton: $30/day valet, can park overnight
Crowne Plaza: $30/day valet, can park overnight
Cobo Hall Rooftop: $15/day, must be out by midnight
Cobo Hall Garage: $15/day, must be out by midnight

Free Parking Options

Greektown Casino garage: self-parking in the Greektown Casino garage is available for free to visitors from 10am-6am. However, on days of special events (ex: Detroit Lions football game, concert at Ford Field, etc.) you may be subject to a parking fee of $20+ depending upon the event taking place. Please keep this in mind and park at your own risk of paying the event-dependent fee. Our venue (Cobo Center) is 1.1 miles away, so you can either walk or use public transit via Detroit People Mover for just a couple bucks.

MGM Grand garage: self-parking in the MGM Grand garage is available for free to visitors during all hours including overnight. However, this garage is known to be difficult to enter and exit at peak traffic times, so please keep that in mind while planning your visit. Our venue (Cobo Center) is 0.9 miles away, and your best option is to walk since the Detroit People Mover route doesn’t go too close to the MGM Grand.

IF YOU ARE FLYING IN:

The airport to fly into is Detroit Metro Airport (DTW) which is ~20 miles away from the venue. You are responsible for arranging your own transportation from the airport to the venue:

Ridesharing services like Uber and Lyft are legal and available in Michigan. Based on our experience, you can expect to pay somewhere between $25-30 for the trip between Detroit Metro Airport and the downtown Detroit hotels.

Skoot is also an option, offering an hourly shuttle service to and from Detroit Metro Airport and the downtown Detroit hotels. The cost is $23 per person each way. Schedule a reservation through their website: https://www.rideskoot.com/

Hotel

We have three great housing options this year within walking distance of the venue so you can connect with other Smashers all weekend. Make sure to use the link below to see your options and take advantage of TBH8 discounted rates:

https://ac.reg-system.com/TBH8

Special thanks to Andromeda Consultants for helping us receive big discounts from the hotels’ usual rates this year! These are especially great deals considering the quality of the hotels and convenience of staying within walking distance of the venue.

Food

Around the block (within a 10-minute walk from the venue):

Tommy’s Detroit Bar & Grill (American, open until 2am)
624 3rd St Detroit, MI 48226

Anchor Bar (American, open until 2am)
450 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226

Lafayette Coney Island (Comfort, open until 3am)
118 W Lafayette Blvd, Detroit, MI 48226

Dime Store (Brunch / Comfort)
719 Griswold St #180, Detroit, MI 48226

Maru Sushi & Grill (Sushi)
160 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48226

Bangkok Crossing (Japanese)
620 Woodward Ave Detroit, MI 48226

Shake Shack (American)
660 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Around the area (within a 20-minute walk or accessible via People Mover public transit:

Nikki’s Pizza (Italian & Greek)
735 Beaubien St, Detroit, MI 48226

Sweetwater Tavern (American & Soul Food)
400 E Congress St, Detroit, MI 48226

New Parthenon Restaurant (Greek)
547 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Fishbones (Creole & American)
400 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Walhburgers (American)
569 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Pizza Papalis of Greektown (Italian)
553 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Grand Trunk Pub (American)
612 Woodward Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

New Center Eatery (Food Court)
3100 W Grand Blvd, Detroit, MI 48202

Parks & Recs (American)
1942 Grand River Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Hard Rock Café (American)
45 Monroe Ave, Detroit, MI 48226

Texas De Brazil (Brazilian)
1000 Woodward Ave #01B07A, Detroit, MI 48226

Southern Fire (Soul Food)
575 Bellevue St, Detroit, MI 48207

Elsewhere in Detroit (famous/popular places within a 10-minute drive):

Slows Barbecue
2138 Michigan Ave, Detroit, MI 48216

Johnny Noodle King
2601 W Fort St, Detroit, MI 48216

Gus’s Fried Chicken
4101 3rd Ave, Detroit, MI 48201