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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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
•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