Oklahoma City Convention Center complete, Omni set to open
Directly adjacent to the new convention center, the 605-room convention center headquarter hotel from Omni Hotels & Resorts will open in January. The hotel features 78,000 square feet of meeting and event space, seven dining outlets, a full-service spa, fitness center and a roof-top pool. “This venue is a vision realized for the Chamber, as we have been championing its construction for nearly 15 years. This is undoubtedly a game-changer for Oklahoma City as we emerge as a strong convention destination,” said Roy Williams, president & CEO of the Greater Oklahoma City Chamber. “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 building is located east of Scissortail Park along Robinson Boulevard between SW 4th and SW 7th Streets. Like the park and many other important landmarks downtown, it is served by the OKC Streetcar. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime project for the MAPS office, Citizens Advisory Board, subcommittee and consultants,” added David Todd, MAPS program
C onstruction of the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center is complete after more than a decade of planning on the largest single construction project in the City of Oklahoma City’s history. The state-of-the-art facility will open debt-free and elevates the City’s capacity for hosting meetings and conventions. The convention center’s sleek and modern design features sweeping downtown views, and materials intended for energy efficiency and resiliency against the weather. The massive 500,000-square-foot interior includes a 200,730-square-foot exhibit hall on the first floor, which is divisible into four halls. 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 individual meeting spaces. The center includes two ballrooms, a 9,700 square foot junior ballroom is located on the third floor and boasts sweeping views of Scissortail Park; and the building’s fourth floor features a 30,000-square-foot ballroom along with pre-function space and a large balcony overlooking Scissortail Park. Landscaping outside the convention center uses 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.
manager, City of Oklahoma City. “It’s an architectural gem from the floor to the ceiling, and we are proud to complete the project on time and on budget.” Nearby amenities A skywalk connects the convention center to a multi-story parking garage. The convention center is managed by ASM Global, the same company that manages the Chesapeake Arena. The center will begin hosting events in January, with the first large convention scheduled for March. The convention center is adjacent to Scissortail Park, creating a unique location for attendees and providing amenities not found in other markets.
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