The Cox Convention Center has brought a variety of big-name acts, including Elvis Presley and Smokey Robinson, to Oklahoma during the past 38 years
Other guests have included the Harlem Globetrotters, Jeff Dunham, the Rolling Stones and the Big 12 women's basketball championship. The building has been home to roller hockey, arena football and basketball teams. Soon, the center will have a new tenant, the Oklahoma City Barons, an American Hockey League team.
"The list is endless," said Kim Ransford, a communications manager for the convention center.
The center, originally called the Myriad Convention Center, opened in 1972. Since then, more than 100,000 square feet were added to the building and existing space was re-purposed to be more convenient for guests. The improvements made the building more modern and state-of-the-art, Ransford said.
Today, the convention center has more than 1 million square feet of space that includes an arena that seats 15,000, more than 20 meeting rooms and a 25,000-square-foot ballroom. The building is in the midst of $4 million worth of renovations that will add terrace seating to the arena and a restaurant.
"It's a great facility, and it's really flexible," said Tim Linville, director of sales and marketing. "We can do just about anything."
Linville attended his first concert at the center. He said his daughter used to think Sesame Street lived there because she saw Sesame Street Live performances as a girl. Linville encouraged anyone who hasn't been to the center in a while to stop by and see how the building has grown and improved.
"It's something Oklahoma should be proud of," Linville said.
For more information, call 602-8500 or go to www.coxconventioncenter.com.