2017 February POINT!

MAPS 3 Bennett Event Center

“Promoters of big events have bypassed Oklahoma City for years because we lacked the necessary space under one roof – but not anymore,” Mayor Cornett said. “We expect the total annual economic impact of all our exhibition buildings at State Fair Park to reach $136 million this year with the addition of this building.” The Bennett Event Center, located at 3101 Gordon Cooper Blvd., is the cornerstone of the MAPS 3 Oklahoma State Fairgrounds Improvements project. The $58.7 million building is on the site of the former Travel & Transportation Building on the east side of State Fair Park. The building has more than six acres of contiguous space under its roof and can host large exhibitions and private events, including banquet space for up to 2,500 people. The Bennett Event Center is now the largest event space in Oklahoma City, and it offers 201,000 square feet of contiguous floor space. Because of the voter-approved MAPS 3 program, the center opened free of debt.

Open at State Fair

T he MAPS 3 Bennett Event Center at State Fair Park opened in January, marking the first milestone in a year that is set to be full of progress for the MAPS 3 programs. Mayor Mick Cornett and other civic leaders cut the ribbon on Jan. 5 at the center, formally opening the new 279,000-square- foot expo building.

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