A decade in the making, Oklahoma City Convention Center is now open

Construction of the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center is complete after more than a decade of planning.
Construction of the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center is complete after more than a decade of planning.

OKLAHOMA CITY, Okla. – Construction of the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center is complete after more than a decade of planning.

The center will draw events that bring attendees from around the region and world. It will provide a boost to Oklahoma City’s (OKC) economy and serve as a venue for local events.

“The convention center is the largest single Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS) project ever and promises to bring a long-term economic impact worthy of that investment,” said mayor David Holt. “It’s the linchpin to what is now the finest meeting destination in the country, at least for a city our size. The synergy is unparalleled between the Convention Center, Scissortail Park, the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the OKC Streetcar linking it all to Bricktown and the rest of downtown. When we’re past COVID-19, this will draw interest to OKC we’ve never seen before. We are grateful to everyone who made this possible.”

“This venue is a vision realized for the Chamber, as we have been championing its construction for nearly 15 years,” added Greater Oklahoma City Chamber president and CEO Roy Williams. “This is undoubtedly a game-changer for Oklahoma City as we emerge as a strong convention destination. We’re already seeing great interest and convention bookings from meeting planners who are excited that OKC provides the full attendee experience their groups expect.”

The Oklahoma City Convention Center aims to capture the spirit and beauty of the city. The interior design and art reflect its culture and history, while the glass walls and balconies show off sunsets and sweeping views of Scissortail Park.

The building’s design features materials intended for energy efficiency and resiliency against the weather.

The 500,000-square-foot interior includes a 200,730-square-foot exhibit hall, divisible into four halls, on the first floor.

About 45,000 square feet of meeting spaces are on all levels of the building, and many have operable walls to make the spaces flexible. The rooms can be configured to provide up to 27 meeting spaces.

A 9,700-square-foot junior ballroom is located on the third floor, while the building’s fourth floor features a 30,000-square-foot ballroom along with pre-function space and a large balcony overlooking Scissortail Park.

The convention center is next door to the Omni Oklahoma City Hotel, set to open Jan. 26 as the 605-room headquarters hotel. A skywalk connects the convention center to a multi-story parking garage.

The center is managed by ASM Global, the same company that manages Chesapeake Energy Arena and former Cox Convention Center building.

The center will begin hosting events in January, with the first large convention scheduled for March.

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