Wednesday, August 27, 2008

Cox Convention Center

The Cox Convention Center was an existing I.M. Pei-designed facility that MAPS 1 renovated completely with renovations ending in 2000, totaling $60 mil when finished. The just-over 100,000 SF facility includes a 25,000 SF grand ballroom, several conference halls, 3 main exhibition halls with more than 25,000 SF, a new Renaissance Hotel connected by skywalk, an interior reflecting subtle Native American influences. The Cox Center also has an arena that seats around 15,000 that is most known for hosting the Big XII Women's Basketball Tourney when the Men's Tourney is across the street at the Ford Center. Today, OKC has vastly outgrown using the Cox Center as its main convention venue and a new facility is in planning phases.

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