Plans move ahead for 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 Published: November 12, 2012


by Steve Lackmeyer
Business Reporter
Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter and columnist who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's Metropolitan...
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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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