$55 Million Vision Tulsa Convention Center Renovation Reaches Midway Point
The renovation of Tulsa’s convention center has reached its midway point and the progress was shared with board of the Tulsa Public Facilities Authority (TPFA) during a recent tour. TPFA’s purpose is to promote the acquisition, construction, and operation of various facilities and public improvements in and for the City of Tulsa. TPFA trustees saw the disappearance of the downtown venue’s previous arena and the emergence of Grand Hall – a 41,470 square foot multi-use event space with 38’ ceilings. The tour also included the Grand Arrival Gallery with its future three-story glass atrium and 4,800 square foot of pre-function space.
“ASM has managed this facility since 2008 and oversaw the addition of the Tulsa Ballroom in 2010,” said TPFA Board Chair Marcia MacLeod. “The variety of events they are already able to accommodate makes us excited to see what they’ll be doing with the new spaces in 2020 and with the new clients and visitors Tulsa continues to attract.”
The $55 million Vision Tulsa renovation allows Cox Business Convention Center to better accommodate state and national conferences which create economic impact throughout the city. The International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) Venue Excellence Award winning facility is open during the entire renovation and continues to host meetings, galas, athletics and gaming events, and national conferences.
“Big is getting bigger at Cox Business Convention Center,” said Assistant General Manager Angie Teel, CMP. “We will be offering over 275,000 square foot of rentable space in 2020 and a deeper connection to the Arena District and all of downtown Tulsa.”
Beside the east side renovation, the venue is also updating and renovating throughout the building, including new lighting systems, renovated meeting and dressing rooms, and both the Conference Hall and Assembly Hall are receiving technical and cosmetic upgrades. The project is scheduled for completion in August 2020.