SportsEvents Magazine

SEP 2018

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September 2018 20 200,000-square-foot convention center, as it doubles our current space and therefore opens many possibilities," said Sue Hollen- beck, MS, CSEE, CTA, director of sports business for VisitOKC. "Our new building allows us to bid on events with organi- zations like USA Volleyball, as we now meet all of their venue criteria. It is a great venue for other volleyball events, youth basketball, wrestling, gymnastics, all mat sports and more. Having brand new space in the heart of downtown, across from a new 70-acre park and walking distance from our incredible entertainment district, Bricktown, is extremely exciting." The $288 million convention center is expected to open in 2020 and coincides with the new branding of, the CVB's meeting site. With 200,000 square feet of exhibit space, a 30,000-square-foot ballroom and 45,000 square feet of additional space paired with a prime location near the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the downtown park and the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the OCCC is expected to greatly enhance Oklahoma City's offerings for planners. "It's the only convention center getting built from the ground up in the U.S. cur- rently," said Tabbi Burwell, communica- tions manager for VisitOKC. ► TULSA, OKLAHOMA Cox Business Center (CBC) The CBC began construction in July to connect the 300,000-square-foot venue to downtown Tulsa and the new Arena District. Construction is expected to be completed in 2020 and the center will remain open during renovations. The $55 million project includes the construction of a three-story glass lobby and a 40,000-square-foot ballroom, in addition to a 30,000-square-foot ballroom that was part of earlier improvements. The new 40,000-square-foot ballroom will be used for multipurpose functions such as sports-related events and tournaments in addition to being used as traditional meet- ing and entertainment space. With 40,000 square feet of column-free space, the venue has a main gallery, conference halls, exhibit halls and a 36-foot ceiling for event flexibility. With plans being discussed to connect the center on multiple blocks to include the BOK Center arena, the district is anticipated to draw more than 2 million visitors to downtown Tulsa each year. ► CHATTANOOGA, TENNESSEE Finley Stadium Chattanooga's largest venue offers seating for up to 21,000 people, 32 luxury skyboxes, a 50,000-square-foot meeting space, four broadcast booths and a press box. Recent renovations included the installation of new seats for a premium seating area and additional handicapped platforms. Home to the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga football and women's soccer teams, and the Chattanooga Football Club, Finley Stadium and Davenport Field also host a variety of other outdoor events, ► Special Feature: CONVENTION CENTERS

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