The Oklahoma City Convention Center marks its second successful year since opening its doors.
This year Oklahoma’s largest meetings and events facility has again exceeded expectations. A total of 195,685 visitors represented a 76.1% growth over 2021’s inaugural year. Visitors come to the state-of-the-art venue for a wide range of events, including public consumer shows, tradeshows, sporting events, corporate meetings, conventions, and special events.
The OKCCC accommodated various national conventions, including the Collegiate Strength and Conditioning Association, the Utilities Technology Council, the American Society of Animal Science, the National Brownfields Training Conference, the National Indian Education Association, the International Economic Development Council, and the TEAMS Conference and Expo. Each of these events brought in a high percentage of out-of-town guests and provided significant direct spending for OKC.
One of the highlights this year was hosting the Van Gogh Immersive event, which is expecting more than 70,000 visitors in its month-long run from December to January. The Van Gogh exhibit has brought in tourists from across a multi-state region and is getting a boost from strong local attendance.
OKCCC has hosted 149 events, an increase of 16.4% from the previous year. The Center was in use for 317 days during the year. The economic impact is estimated to be over $29.6 million, an increase of 93.4% from the previous year.
“We are incredibly proud to have welcomed both local and national events through our doors,” said Barbara Beaton, OKCCC General Manager. “There is a clear demand for and growing interest in our venue from all types of organizations considering OKC as a destination. We expect continued growth in 2023, 2024, and beyond.”
The $288 million MAPS 3 project opened in January 2021. The OKC Convention Center is located east of Scissortail Park and adjacent to the Omni Hotel. The Center covers 500,000 square feet and includes a 200,730 square foot exhibit hall, a 29,884 square-foot ballroom, 27 meeting rooms, and a fourth-floor terrace with breath-taking views of Scissortail Park and the city skyline.