T he Metropolitan Area Projects plan pitched to voters in 1993 was unprecedented — and while the goals of civic leaders were far exceeded, the plan itself went through several changes before the projects were completed.
When voters approved the five-year, penny sales tax, they were told it would raise an estimated $237.6 million. The tax ultimately was extended by six months, and raised $370 million.
The MAPS plan was presented on one ballot as an all-or-nothing package. Voters were given the following plan:
A 15,000-seat, $21.8 million stadium meeting Triple-A league standards. No location was set, but Bricktown was presented as the front-runner. $21.8 million.
Voters were told a new, 20,000-seat arena would be built south of the convention center, though the location was not specified in the tax ballot. The budget was set at $79.8 million with promises the arena would be built to meet National Basketball Association and National Hockey League standards.
Three dams would pool water along the river from Eastern Avenue to May Avenue. The tax would fund landscaping, trails, docks, picnic areas and recreation spots in the area. Interestingly, the Bricktown Canal was originally included as a part of the river's $37.1 million budget. Voters were told the canal would run north from the river, parallel to and west of Byers Avenue. The canal was then to turn west at Reno Avenue and stop near E.K. Gaylord Boulevard and Reno Avenue. Conceptual drawings showed the canal abutting the proposed Bricktown stadium and the new arena.
Construction and renovation would add 100,000 more square feet to the existing 950,000 gross square feet. The budget was set at $24.9 million.