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Convention Center

(Scroll down to watch the presentation of the study done on OKC's visitor industry revealing the need for a new convention center.)

Any city's convention center should be one of its economic engines. While our convention business is thriving, our potential is much greater. In fact, we are currently missing out on valuable economic benefits from visitors spending money in our city due to our inadequate facilities. We are unable to land conventions and meetings that want to come here and bring all of their tourist dollars with them because we cannot accommodate their needs (our current facility is smaller than Tulsa's, Wichita's, or Omaha's, and we lack sufficient loading dock space, ceiling heights, etc.). The new convention center will change that. It will put us in a competitive position with cities like Charlotte and Indianapolis, as well as being better able to change visitors' perceptions and impressions of our city to a positive one. This is very important to enhancing our overall economic development efforts.

In addition, many of our citizens like to enjoy Bricktown and other entertainment locations throughout the city. The continued growth and health of our city's entertainment options are highly dependent on convention visitors -- visitors we will continue to attract only with new, larger, better-equipped and more efficient facilities.

According to an analysis by Conventions, Sports & Leisure International, a new convention center would bring a total direct annual economic impact of $78 million, almost triple what we have today. It would employ 1,121, creating 709 NEW jobs. It would increase direct spending by visitors in the city and would improve direct air service options to and from Oklahoma City. All of these benefits - more jobs, increased tax revenue, more air service, better image enhancement, and more - will not be realized by our citizens if the new MAPS proposals are not passed.

The simple fact is, our city needs a new convention center. One of the unique aspects of MAPS is that all building is done without incurring debt. As such, it is likely 10 to 12 years from passage of this proposal before a new convention center will open. Given that necessary lead time, the current convention center, which originally opened as the Myriad in 1972, will be almost 50 years old. It is hard to argue with the fact that a city should have a new convention center every 50 years.

The convention center site adjacent to the Park is simply proposed. A final decision on the location would be made only after additional site evaluation and public input.

Watch the presentation of the OKC Visitor Industry study revealing the need for a new convention facility in OKC


Cost: $280 million

Description: This project is a new convention center to replace the Cox Business Services Convention Center. The new convention center will include exhibit halls, meeting rooms, ballrooms, mixed uses, and parking.


The Cox Business Services Convention Center is already inadequate in terms of size and amenities, and will be nearly half-a-century old by the time a new convention center could open.
A study commissioned by the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce showed that superior convention center facilities in neighboring cities and states are beginning to erode the $1.2 billion that enters the Oklahoma City community each year from visitors, and that soon, the Cox Center will be unable to compete.
The tourism industry is responsible for thousands of jobs in Oklahoma City.
Visitors also help to improve the quality of life for residents by creating a better market to attract direct flights and unique retail.

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  • Bricktown Association
  • Greater Oklahoma City Metro Hotel Association
  • OKC Beautiful
  • American Institute of Architects - Central OK Chapter
  • Neighborhood Alliance of Central Oklahoma
  • Downtown OKC Inc
  • Oklahoma City All Sports Association
  • Triathlon Club of OKC (TRI-OKC)
  • Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Olympic Sports Engagement Committee
  • 2012: Friends of the Oklahoma River
  • OnTrac
  • Modern Transit Project
  • Oklahoma City Asian District Association
  • Capitol Hill Main Street
  • Oklahoma Municipal Contractors Association
  • Oklahoma Transit Association
  • Downtown Club of Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma City University
  • The Foundation for Oklahoma City Public Schools
  • Oklahoma Shakespeare in the Park
  • Oklahoma State Fair, Inc.
  • Associated General Contractors of Oklahoma - Building Chapter
  • Building Owners and Managers Association (BOMA) of Oklahoma City
  • Oklahoma City Metropolitan Association of Realtors
  • Central Oklahoma Home Builders Association
  • Oklahoma City Trails Advisory Committee
  • OKC Velo Club
  • South Oklahoma City Chamber
  • Arts Council of Oklahoma City
  • Commercial Real Estate Council (CREC) of Oklahoma City
  • The Northwest Chamber
  • Stockyards City Main Street
  • Oklahoma Bicycle Society
  • Automobile Alley
  • Myriad Gardens Foundation
  • Sierra Club - Cimarron Group
  • National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) - Oklahoma Chapter
  • Oklahoma Fit Kids Coalition
  • Plaza District Association
  • Alliance for Public Transportation
  • Hispanic Action Coalition
  • Nuestra Comunidad Spanish / English Newspaper
  • Capitol Chamber of Commerce
  • YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City
  • Block 42 Owners Association
  • Urban Neighbors
  • Oklahoma Building and Trades Council
  • Bricklayers & Allied Craft workers Local 5
  • Electrical Workers Local 1141
  • Elevator Constructors Local 63
  • Insulators Local 94
  • Ironworkers Local 48
  • Laborers Local 107
  • Operating Engineers Local 627
  • Painters Local 807
  • Plumbers & Pipefitters Local 344
  • Roofers Local 143
  • Sheet Metal Workers Local 124
  • Sprinkler Fitters Local 669
  • Dustin Sadler
  • Jill Adler
  • Casey C. Harness
  • Ernest Abrogar
  • Rob Anderson
  • Michael Kennedy
  • Aaron M. Arnall
  • Alonzo J. Adams
  • Keith McKinney
  • Ronald D. Payne
  • Gene Goforth
  • Matthew Mclarty
  • Casey Cornett
  • Joe Bosley
  • Jason D. Brown
  • Mary Blankenship Pointer
  • Michael Morrison
  • Boldt Construction
  • Judy Hatfield
  • Sharon Freeny
  • Schnake Turnbo Frank | PR
  • Timberlake Construction Co., Inc.
  • Dustin Gabus
  • Joey Allen
  • King's Limousine & Private Jet
  • Allen Brown
  • Bryan Newell
  • Devery and Karen Youngblood
  • Ronald Zawisza
  • Corbin See
  • JHBR Architecture, Inc.
  • Elena Listen
  • Midwest Wrecking Co
  • Leslie V. Batchelor
  • Cy Perkins
  • Jeff Click Homes
  • Midwest Housing Equity Group, Inc.
  • Kenyon Morgan
  • Jason Black
  • Hans and Torrey Butzer
  • Trina Kopacka Morrison
  • 308 Design Collaborative
  • Ani Dominguez
  • Mark Bledsoe
  • Wheeler Dealer Bicycle Shop
  • Matthew Woodson
  • Sara Cowan of Deluxe Indie Craft Bazaar
  • Tristan Shutt
  • John Roy
  • Michael Hinchey
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  • Kresta Logan
  • Tony Cancemi
  • Cindy Mason
  • Caitlan Russell
  • Walter R. Floyd
  • Lenice Keim
  • Mary Jo Hope
  • Joanna DeMoe
  • Midtown Deli
  • Jeff Napoliello
  • Mark Pogemiller
  • Clayton and Marnie Taylor
  • Robert Mercer
  • Cynde and Kenny Holloway
  • Doug Dowler
  • Rodney Hall
  • Kurtis Johnson
  • Jim Rogers
  • Jamie Martin
  • Traci Bentley
  • James Bentley
  • Matthew Allen
  • True Wallace
  • Caroline Mathis
  • Blake Jackson
  • Jeri Montgomery
  • Mark S. Beck
  • T.J. Harrison II
  • Frank Miskovsky IV
  • Harold and Sheila Patterson
  • Caleb Hill
  • Adrienne Burden
  • Lester L. Cowden III DDS
  • Greg Fox
  • Jane Garner
  • Jessica and Patrick Ockershauser
  • Nathan & Patricia Berry
  • Bradley Wynn
  • Brandon Rader
  • Ryan Einer
  • Zach Gilliam
  • Stephen Roberts
  • Daniel Theisen
  • Richard Bruner
  • Margaret Dawkins
  • Hugh and Timi Burch
  • Dr. Dodge and Lori Hill
  • Chris Lambert
  • Joe Cornforth
  • Brian Bogert
  • Steve Vaughan
  • Jane Kirton
  • Matt Marcacci
  • David Tedford
  • J.L. "Bart" Bartholomew
  • Peacock Restaurant
  • Frank Miskovsky IV
  • Christiane Faris
  • John and Shanne Cochran
  • Marty and Tiffany Lawson
  • David Shipman
  • Nancy Kitchen
  • Nan Graham
  • Zachary Carrel
  • W. Craig Henry
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  • Lyn M. Campbell
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  • Scott Sanders
  • Thomas Ishmael
  • Damon Hayes-Milligan
  • Christy Hanna
  • Dr. J. Mark Felton
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  • John Wilkinson
  • Blair Summers
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  • Atlee Hickerson
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  • Lindsay Alyea
  • Ben Housley
  • Levi Dobrinski
  • Dennis Wells
  • Steve Roberts
  • Lambert Dunn
  • AllTec Computers
  • Chris White
  • Titus Construction
  • Todd Lynes
  • Arbor Glen Apartments
  • Fuller Miller Construction
  • The Grant Group
  • Corann Zimmerman
  • Clay Hubbard
  • Gian Santoro
  • Ken and Lindy Adams
  • John and Donna Fink
  • Callie Lawrence
  • John Ricardo
  • Nate Ison
  • Jeff Groves
  • Rachel Hageman-Grose, Realtor
  • Danny K. Houck
  • Phillip A Reed
  • Karel Ford
  • Zora Braun
  • Ron Hooper
  • Melissa Hyatt
  • ...and more! Join today!

MAPS is one of the most aggressive and successful public-private partnerships ever undertaken in the U.S. The original MAPS ($363 million) spurred over $3 billion in private investment.

MAPS for Kids was the first-ever partnership between a city and local school districts.

The new MAPS proposal will NOT raise taxes from current levels.