Cox Business Convention Center reopens after lengthy renovation

After two years of renovations, Tulsa’s Cox Business Convention Center recently reopened its east end.
After two years of renovations, Tulsa’s Cox Business Convention Center recently reopened its east end.

TULSA, Ok. – After a two-year renovation, Cox Business Convention Center (CBCC) recently celebrated the grand re-opening of the venue’s east side with city partners, staff, guests, clients, and leadership in attendance.

The 2018-2020 renovation complements the existing convention center constructed in 1962, and the renovation of the venue’s northwest side as part of Vision 2025. The building’s unique architectural design is preserved and even highlighted by the new three-story glass atrium entrance and the creation of CBCC’s official ‘front door.’

A renovated south plaza and valet and ride share drop-off area have already been completed outside (with a public art installation still to come), and inside there is a new security and staff entrance area and more than 8,000 square feet of natural light-filled space in Grand Gallery. The former 9,000-seat arena was converted into Grand Hall—a 41,470-square-foot multi-use event space with 36-foot waving wood ceilings. The project also includes a new kitchen, box office, restrooms, sensory room, and escalators.

“Thank you, Tulsa voters, for supporting this improvement to Cox Business Convention Center,” said Mayor G.T. Bynum. “This Vision Tulsa renovation brings our 20th century convention center into the 21st century, with updated design and functionality. This improved and expanded facility will help Tulsa attract top quality events and conventions to our world-class city.”

The $55 million project was funded by Vision Tulsa with a development team including MATRIX Architects Engineers Planners Inc., Forest for the Trees, and Tulsa Vision Builders.

CBCC provides more than $30 million in economic impact to Tulsa annually and hosts visitors from around the country. The venue has been recognized as an exhibitor ‘2020 Center of Excellence’ and deemed a top 20 convention center in North America, as well as just winning Tulsa People’s 2020 Reader’s Choice Award for ‘Best Event Venue.’

With the renovation, the venue now offers over 275,000 square feet of event space and provides conference attendees with a seamless flow while allowing CBCC to host large events, sport events, and social galas concurrently.

“We are grateful for all of the city partners and supporters who have brought this idea to life and provided CBCC with a greater connectivity to our downtown neighbors and spaces to better accommodate our clients, guests, and staff,” said CBCC assistant general manager Angie Teel, CMP.

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