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Oklahoma City fair park upgrades are on track

By Bryan Dean Published: January 22, 2009
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photo - Trainers watch a rider and horse compete in a recent show at State Fair Arena. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL
Trainers watch a rider and horse compete in a recent show at State Fair Arena. OKLAHOMAN ARCHIVE PHOTO BY JIM BECKEL
New lights, rest rooms and a host of other interior improvements will be part of a $4.8 million renovation to State Fair Arena.

The Oklahoma City Council approved final plans for the work Tuesday. The renovation is part of a $75 million overhaul of State Fair Park being funded by an increase to the city’s hotel tax approved by voters in 2004.

The overhaul is meant to solidify the city as the premier national location for horse shows, which brings millions to the local economy yearly, officials say.

The city will take bids Feb. 10. Work is expected to be complete by late May.

Improvements to the outside of the arena were completed last year.

Bryan Dean, Staff Writer


The projects

• Installing new lights and fixtures in the arena’s performance area.


• Replacing two existing rest rooms.


• Improving access for people with disabilities.


• Upgrading fire alarms and sprinklers.


• Other improvements to the inside of the arena.

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