Oklahoma City Breaks Ground on New Convention Center, Launches New Meetings Website

A ceremonial groundbreaking was held last week for the Oklahoma City's new-build convention facility. Scheduled to open in 2020, the $288 million Oklahoma City Convention Center will feature 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of meeting space, including 27 meeting rooms across three levels.

"This is a great day for Oklahoma City," said Mike Carrier, president of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. "This totally new convention center marks a significant milestone in OKC's commitment to the meetings and convention industry."

The new facility will be adjacent to a new 70-acre park with a lake and nature walks, and a new headquarters hotel, which are scheduled to open in 2019 and 2020, respectively. Operated by Omni, the 600-room property will have six restaurants and bars, and more than 50,000 square feet of meeting space. All three new additions will connect to major attractions and neighborhoods via a new six-mile "streetcar" light-rail system that will be operational by December 2018.

"This is the only totally new build convention center underway in the United States," Carrier continued. "Once the new center, the Omni headquarter hotel, the new Scissortail Park and the OKC Streetcar are all complete in 2020, Oklahoma City will be a completely new destination in the south central U.S. for meetings of all sizes."

The OCCVB has launched a new website, MeetInOKC.com, to keep meeting professionals apprised of construction progress and to serve as a guide for planners and attendees who are unfamiliar with the destination.