Increased size and amenities of the new convention center attracts large, national conferences
Seven national and international organizations have signed eight contracts for conferences and conventions to be held in the all-new Oklahoma City Convention Center, which is expect to be open by the end of 2020. Organizers anticipate a total of more than 37,000 room nights and $20 million in direct economic impact from these bookings. The following conferences have signed an official agreement:
- 2021 National Brownfields Training Conference for the International City/County Management Association
- 2021 Annual Convention for American Association of Meat Processors
- 2022 Annual Conference for International Economic Development Council
- 2022 and 2024 International Convention for LegalShield
- 2023 Annual Conference for International Conference on Mission
- 2024 Annual Conference for National Sheriffs Association
- 2024 Annual Convention for Athletic Equipment Manufacturers Association
“It’s an honor to be the host city for such high caliber conferences,” said Mike Carrier, President of the Oklahoma City Convention & Visitors Bureau. “The new venues and infrastructure throughout downtown show OKC’s commitment to the meetings and convention industry, and we can now provide a unique attendee experience for even larger events.”
This initial list is a precursor of the type of national and international conventions and meetings we will see coming to Oklahoma City. More announcements will be forthcoming in the future months.
The $288 million center will feature nearly 275,000 square feet of dedicated meeting space and 65,000 square feet of usable event space. The Oklahoma City Convention Center broke ground on June 15, 2018, and was ceremonially “topped out” on August 1, 2019. The convention center will open late 2020 and booking is now open for 2021 and beyond.
The Oklahoma City Convention Center sits just west of a 70-acre downtown park; Scissortail Park, and directly adjacent to the 605-room headquarter hotel from Omni Hotel & Resorts – opening in 2021. These additions are serviced by the OKC Streetcar, which links more than six miles of major attractions and districts in downtown OKC.