From the desk of Martha Stickner, Senior Event Coordinator at the Bayfront Convention Center:
As many of you know and have heard, the new Courtyard Marriott is open for business! But what you may not know is that there is a fabulous outdoor space available to host a special event. The area is referred to as the Anchor Plaza, located between the Courtyard and the Bayfront Convention Center on the second floor. It is accessible from all three properties (Bayfront Convention Center, Sheraton Erie Bayfront Hotel and Courtyard Erie Bayfront Hotel) by a covered walkway, so guests essentially don’t have to go outside.
Whether it be an intimate wedding ceremony and reception, cocktail party, family gathering, bridal or baby shower, or even a corporate celebration, this space can be transformed for any occasion! It is 4,500 square feet of space that is protected with a large tent. There are many options for setup as well as food and beverage service provided by the Bayfront staff. Depending on the specific event requirements, the capacity varies from a 200 guest wedding reception to a 400 person cocktail party. Smaller gatherings less than 50 guests can booked through the sales manager at the Courtyard Hotel.
Due to the Erie weather pattern, the Anchor Plaza is available to rent during the months of June through October. We encourage you to give us a call at the Bayfront Convention Center to schedule a tour of this unique space and plan your next event!