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Plans move ahead for OKC convention center, hotel despite collapse in national market

At convention centers across the country, a fierce competition is taking place that pits what industry observers say is an oversupply of meeting space against shrinking demand.

BY STEVE LACKMEYER Modified: November 10, 2012 at 1:52 am •  Published: November 11, 2012
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Oklahoma City is moving ahead with development of a new $250 million convention center amid fierce national competition that pits what industry observers say is an oversupply of meeting space against shrinking demand.

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At a glance

Recommendations from the report

What Convention Sports & Leisure recommended:

•200,000 square feet of prime exhibit space expandable to 300,000 square feet

•50,000 square feet of meeting space expandable to 75,000 square feet

•35,000 square feet of ballroom space expandable to 50,000 square feet

•A 650-room conference hotel with 50,000 square feet of meeting and ballroom space

What’s Next?

•Populous hired to design a convention center

•The Alliance for Economic Development of Oklahoma City is negotiating an acquisition of the former Fred Jones Ford Dealership block south of the Myriad Gardens for a new convention center

•A request for proposals is being prepared to seek a consultant for development of a conference hotel

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