Affects hotels, motelsMike Carrier, president of Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau, agreed. Carrier said the expanded facilities at State Fair Park have had a direct impact on the city’s hotel/motel room count. Since December 2007, the room count in the southwest section of the city, within which the park lies, increased from 5,595 to 6,435. Citywide, there are 2,300 new rooms for rent in that time, Carrier said. “We’ve had over the last few years a couple new shows come in, so that has certainly increased the number of rooms nights we’re generating,” Carrier said. “And several of the other shows — most of the long-running shows, the major shows — we have seen some increases in their attendance. What it’s done is solidify our place in the equine world as being the leader, if you will, in facilities.”
Downtown growthAnd growth at State Fair Park has been complemented by revitalization of the downtown area, including corporate development and the expansion of the convention center, Carrier said. Now it’s the city that State Fair Park officials are praising. The park is set to receive $60 million for its part in the MAPS 3 election in 2009, which will be spent on the new exhibit hall, Allen said. That project is scheduled to be complete by 2015. “Everybody’s aware of Oklahoma City, what’s happened and what’s going on,” he said. “And it’s not just the state fair — it’s the whole package.”
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