State Fair Park goes modern

Improvement and upgrades continue with MAPS 3 funds.
BY WILLIAM CRUM Staff Writer wcrum@opubco.com Modified: December 2, 2013 at 2:24 pm •  Published: December 8, 2013
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MAPS has helped transform State Fair Park into a modern venue that hosts hundreds of annual events and helps Oklahoma City preserve its reputation as “the horse show capital of the world.”

By the time the new 200,000-square-foot MAPS 3 expo center opens, taxpayers will have invested $71 million over 20 years of MAPS.

The expo center's new, larger attractions — think auto show — will join the hundreds of annual events taking place at State Fair Park.

“At some point everybody's going to come out and participate in something at State Fair Park,” spokesman Scott Munz said.

The original MAPS produced a new show ring with seating for 1,200, and public safety enhancements such as sprinkler systems for barns and exhibit buildings.

Jim Norick Arena was renovated, and air-conditioning systems, bathrooms and other amenities got upgrades. Total cost was $14 million.

MAPS 3 is kicking in $57 million for parking and other improvements, including the $44.5 million expo center construction project.

The expo center will replace aging buildings used for antique shows, equipment shows, craft fairs, trade shows and the Oklahoma State Fair.

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