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Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau
It’s hardly exaggerating to say Oklahoma City will soon be a brand new city from a meetings perspective. Construction is underway on a brand new convention center, set to open in 2020. The center will have 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of breakout space. Directly adjacent to the new convention center will be a new 605-room headquarter hotel from Omni Hotels & Resorts.

Directly west of the Convention Center will be a 70-acre, fully programmed park that will connect downtown OKC to the shores of the Oklahoma River. The park will provide a variety of recreation activities, including concerts, walking/biking/running trails, picnic sites, youth sports fields, play areas, interactive water features and outdoor education opportunities. The park, Convention Center and Omni Hotel will be linked to attractions, dining and nightlife in surrounding districts downtown by a new light rail streetcar system.

Want a closer look? Check out a 3-D flythrough at MeetInOKC.com. While there, you can track the progress of each new project and see what Oklahoma City has to offer meeting planners and attendees.
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Keith Talbert
123 Park Ave Oklahoma City OKLAHOMA 73102
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Meet & Greet with OKC and ADMEI! September 11th, 2019, 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM

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10 REASONS MEETING ATTENDEES LOVE OKLAHOMA CITY

Oklahoma City is one of the hottest cities to host conventions and meetings, and it’s no secret as to why. With a brand new convention center and hotel on the horizon, as well as nationally-recognized restaurants and museums, people from around the world are discovering how enjoyable Oklahoma City is. Just to scratch the surface of everything the city has to offer, here are 10 reasons meeting attendees love Oklahoma City.

1. World-Class Meeting Spaces – Coming in 2020, Oklahoma City will open its new $288 million, almost 200,000-square-foot Oklahoma City Convention City. With 45,000 square feet of meeting space and a 30,000-square-foot ballroom, the convention center is also in a spectacular location within walking distance of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, Bricktown and the new 70-acre Scissortail Park. The city is home to additional meeting spaces, including the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation with several spaces, The Will Rogers Theatre Special Event Venue and more.

Convention Center

2. Numerous stunning hotels - Oklahoma City has a wide variety of unique, high-end and boutique hotels, all within the city’s downtown area. With more than 100 hotels in or near downtown, finding quality accommodations is a snap.

3. The Culinary Adventures - Oklahoma City has been getting a lot of national attention lately for its culinary scene, and it’s well deserved. Attendees can choose from farm-to-table, world-famous steaks, vegetarian fare and cultural fusion restaurants throughout the city that fit nicely in a per diem budget.

4. Entertainment Every Night - Attendees who love live music, performances and events will have a hard time choosing from Oklahoma City’s numerous venues. National-level concerts, intimate live music and plays keep the nightlife exciting for meeting attendees.

nightlife

5. Unique Adventures - Whitewater rafting along the Oklahoma River, indoor skydiving at iFly, upwards of 80 miles of trails and more than 300 days of sunshine mean attendees can enjoy the outdoors and an active lifestyle in Oklahoma City.

boathouse

6. Ease of Travel – Coming soon to Oklahoma City is a modern streetcar system with six miles of route hits all the hot spots in the city. But with an average commute time of 20 minutes from anywhere, getting around is easy with plenty of walkable areas as well.

7. Art Everywhere - Not only can attendees take in world-class art at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 21c Museum Hotel, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and at galleries in the Paseo Arts District and Plaza Districts, but they can find it on the streets and outdoor spaces as well.

8. Western Heritage - Attendees with a passion for the past and culture love the western history and Native American heritage that Oklahoma City offers. Attendees can visit the largest continual working stockyards and cattle auction in the nation, discover why Oklahoma City is the Horse Show Capital of the World and experience Native American culture at the Red Earth Art Center and beyond.

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9. Shopping - Meeting attendees can skip the out-of-plastic souvenirs and shop at Oklahoma City’s hyper-local and Oklahoma-centric shops and boutiques. Attendees can find unique, one-of-a-kind items, artwork and clothing in the city’s vibrant shopping areas.

10. Easy Airport - While Will Rogers World Airport is expanding to offer more to attendees, it still remains an easy airport to navigate and get through. More and more direct flights are offered to and from the city, cutting down on travel time and inconvenience.

Author: Heide Brandes
Local freelancer. Traveler. Belly dancer.
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5th August 2019

WHY YOU SHOULD MEET IN OKLAHOMA CITY

With 15,000 hotel rooms and a new convention center on the horizon, set to open in 2020, there’s no exaggeration in saying that Oklahoma City will soon be a brand-new city from a meetings perspective. From new places to stay and meet, there will also be plenty of new outdoor spaces to enjoy once the day’s meetings are over. Explore Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District with teambuilding and outdoor adventures, and take advantage of the city’s accessibility with its new streetcar system linking 6 miles of attractions, dining and nightlife. There’s no better time to book your next convention surrounded with all things “new.” Here’s a closer look at what’s new and what’s coming soon to Oklahoma City for meetings.

New Places to Meet

With an overall budget of $288 million, the Oklahoma City Convention, set to open in 2020, will feature nearly 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-sq.-ft. ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional meeting space. Located east of Scissortail Park along Robinson Boulevard between SW 4th and SW 7th streets, the state-of-the-art building facility broke ground in June 2018. Designed to be energy efficient and resilient against weather conditions, the building will feature a modern design with sweeping views of downtown. Taking cues from Oklahoma City’s skyline, landscape and architectural character, the building’s angular façade will feature towering glass walls to maximize the use of natural light. Native plants and trees acclimated to the local climate will surround the convention center, with a central plaza connecting meeting-goers to the outdoor venues. In addition to formal meeting areas, the center will also be home to informal meeting spaces, a kitchen, a potential café space, an expansive loading dock and administrative offices.

New Places to Stay

Also set to open in 2020 is a new 605-room Convention Center headquarter hotel from Omni Hotels & Resorts. Directly adjacent to the center and south of the Chesapeake Energy Center, the Oklahoma City Omni will be 18 stories and feature numerous restaurants and retail stores, putting business travelers within walking distance of events along with dining and nightlife options. Preliminary renderings show the addition of a coffee shop, steakhouse and sports bar to be included within the project. Estimated to be a $235.5 million hotel project, the hotel will also offer views of the adjacent Scissortail Park and be home to an 850-space parking garage that will serve the hotel, convention center and Scissortail Park.

New Places to Explore Downtown

Construction is now underway for the 70-acre, fully programmed Scissortail Park, directly west of the Convention Center connecting downtown Oklahoma City to the shores of the Oklahoma River. The first 40 acres, next to the convention center, will be completed in 2019. The lower 30-acre portion adjacent to the riverfront is scheduled to open in 2021. This new centerpiece will be home to a variety of recreation activities, including walking/biking trails, picnic sites, sports fields, play areas, interactive water features and also a concert venue along the Great Lawn. The park’s lake will also be home to boat rentals, allowing visitors a unique way to enjoy the park and downtown surroundings. The new downtown streetcar line connects the park, Convention Center and the Oklahoma City Omni headquarter hotel with the numerous districts throughout downtown, making dining, nightlife and attractions more accessible to locals and visitors to the area.

The MAPS 3 Oklahoma City Streetcars will allow passengers to choose from 22 stops within two different loops: 4.9-mile D Line covering the central business district, linking Midtown and Bricktown, and A 2-mile Bricktown loop will focus on the entertainment district with stops at nearby dining and nightlife venues. While there are set hours for the streetcar service, additional hours can be added to meet the demand for special events and convention groups.

New Places to Have Fun Outdoors

As the only urban rafting and kayaking course in the world of its kind, Oklahoma City’s Boathouse District is within walking distance of downtown hotels and the city’s Bricktown Entertainment District. Home to the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic training site for canoe and kayaking, the $45.2 million whitewater rafting and kayaking center opened in May 2016 and hosts regattas throughout the year.

Treat your attendees to a day of adventures along the Oklahoma River with teambuilding activities, including whitewater rafting, kayaking, stand-up paddleboarding and more.

For adventures on dry land, strengthen teambuilding and relationships with your attendees at the Boathouse District’s Sandridge Sky Trail. This 80-foot structure features six levels of ropes courses for all skill levels, including the 72-foot Sky Slide—America’s tallest dry slide. If your group has thrill-seekers, don’t miss the 700-foot zip line taking riders back and forth across the Oklahoma River. If you’d rather keep your feet closer to the ground, the Boathouse District is also home to more than 13 miles of paved trails for running, walking or cycling, making it the perfect spot for business travelers to get in a workout before (or after!) a day of meetings.

Ready for a Closer Look at Oklahoma City?

Take a look into the future of Oklahoma City circa 2020 with the 3D flythrough technology at MeetInOKC.com. You can track the progress of the new projects and see what Oklahoma City has to offer you as a meeting planner and your attendees too. In addition to affordable room rates and hospitality, the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau offers hands-on convention services and support and a computerized housing bureau and registration technology.Located at the crossroads of Interstate 35, I-40 and I-44, Oklahoma City is within a day’s drive of major metropolitan areas. Will Rogers World Airport offers nonstop air service to 22 airports in 19 cities in the U.S., making the city easily accessible for those visiting from both the East and West coasts.

Contact the convention sales and services team to learn more about bringing your next meeting to the area. They are ready to help make your next event a success, filled with everything “new” right here in Oklahoma City!

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5th August 2019

MAPS 3 CONVENTION CENTER ‘TOPPED OUT’ WITH CEREMONIAL STEEL BEAM

The MAPS 3 Convention Center was ceremonially “topped out” on Thursday, an important milestone on the way to its scheduled opening in late 2020.

“Topping out,” traditionally traced to Scandinavia, is a ceremony in tribute to the natural resources used to construct a building. A tree or branch is placed on the highest beam in the frame, often with flags or streamers. For the MAPS 3 Convention Center, crews used a tree with an American flag.

“Especially with the frame now complete, it’s easy to see what a significant addition this building will be to our downtown skyline,” said MAPS 3 Program Manager David Todd. “We’re excited to see the progress as we move into the next phases of construction. It’s going to meet or exceed the high expectations we’ve all had for the project.”

The convention center is at the epicenter of more than $680 million of MAPS 3-driven public and private investment transforming that part of Oklahoma City into a community cornerstone.

The convention center is across the street on one side from MAPS 3’s Scissortail Park, and on another side from the Omni hotel. The park’s upper section opens in September, and the hotel is scheduled to open along with the convention center. It’s all served by MAPS 3’s OKC Streetcar.

MAPS 3 Convention Center construction as of July 31

Project start date June 2018
- About 300 workers on site
- 450,888 working hours

- 17,131 cubic yards of concrete, 7,500 cubic yards to go

- 11,232 tons of rock
- 1,174 tons of rebar
- 6,051 tons of steel

- Preparations for 129 miles of conduit and 2 miles of underground piping

More about the convention center

The MAPS 3 Convention Center’s total project budget of $288 million, including land acquisition and other related expenses, is the biggest in City history for a single project. The construction contract is $168.2 million, $20 million under budget.

The state-of-the art building is east of Scissortail Park along Robinson Boulevard between SW 4th and SW 7th streets.

The convention center’s sleek and modern design features sweeping downtown views, and materials designed for energy efficiency and resiliency against the weather.

The 200,000-square-foot exhibit hall will dominate the ground floor, featuring three operable walls to divide it in up to four flexible spaces. About 45,000 square feet of meeting spaces are on all levels of the building, and many also have operable walls to make the spaces flexible. The rooms can be configured to provide up to 27 individual meeting spaces.

A 30,000-square-foot ballroom is the main space on the fourth level, complemented by 10,000 square feet of pre-function space and a 4,000-square-foot balcony.

Informal meeting spaces, a kitchen, a potential café space, an expansive loading dock and administrative offices are also planned for the convention center.

The gleaming, angular façade has towering glass walls to make maximum use of natural light and takes its design cues from Oklahoma City’s sky, landscape and architectural character.

Landscaping outside the convention center will use native plants and trees well-suited to the local climate, with a focus on sustainability, comfort and beauty. A central plaza and other inviting spaces will help the convention center’s exterior come alive with activity.

Wayfinding stations inside and outside the convention center will be interactive.

A skywalk will connect the building to the future Omni hotel, which is being developed to complement and support the convention center.

The City has a marketing contract with the CVB for securing events to be booked at the convention center, and a contract with SMG for facility management.

The CVB and SMG fulfill similar roles now for the Cox Convention Center, which will no longer be marketed and operated at the City’s main convention center when the MAPS 3 facility opens.

About MAPS 3

MAPS 3 is a $777 million, debt-free capital improvement program to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. It is funded by a 1-cent sales tax initiative that began in April 2010 and ended in December 2017. MAPS 3 funds eight projects: Downtown Convention Center, Downtown Public Park, Modern Streetcar/Transit, Oklahoma River Improvements, Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements, Senior Health and Wellness Centers, Trails and Sidewalks. Learn more at okc.gov/maps3.

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14th August 2019

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