Cox Convention Center

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Cox Business Services Convention Center
"The Cox"
The Myriad
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Former names Myriad Convention Center (1972–2002)
Location 1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102
Coordinates 35°27′55″N 97°30′52″W / 35.46528°N 97.51444°W / 35.46528; -97.51444Coordinates: 35°27′55″N 97°30′52″W / 35.46528°N 97.51444°W / 35.46528; -97.51444
Broke ground 1969
Opened November 5, 1972
Owner City of Oklahoma City
Operator SMG
Construction cost $23 million[1]
($130 million in 2014 dollars[2])
Architect Bozalis, Dickinson & Roloff[3]
General contractor H.A. Lott Inc.[1]
Capacity Basketball: 13,846
Ice hockey: 13,399
Arena football: 13,231
Concerts: 15,634
Tenants
Bricktown Brawlers (IFL) (2011)
Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) (2010–present)
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (AFL) (2009–2010)
Oklahoma City Blazers (original) (Central Hockey League (original) (1973-1977)
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (1992–2002)
Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA) (1990–1997)
Oklahoma Wranglers (AFL) (2000-2001)
Oklahoma City Stars (CHL) (1978–1982)
Oklahoma Coyotes (RHI) (1995–1996)

The Cox Business Services Convention Center (originally Myriad Convention Center and commonly Cox Convention Center) is a multi-purpose complex, located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

History[edit]

Its name comes from a naming rights deal with local telecommunications giant Cox Communications. The complex was formerly known as the Myriad Convention Center.

It was the centerpiece of Oklahoma City's first major urban renewal project, the Pei Plan. In addition to the Convention Center, the project included the removal of blighted sections of the southern downtown area. The project also began the process for the design and construction of the Myriad Botanical Gardens, located directly west of the Myriad.

It is located adjacent to the Renaissance and Sheraton Hotels and borders Robinson Avenue, Sheridan Avenue, Reno Avenue, and EK Gaylord Blvd in Downtown. Immediately across the street to the south is the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the city's largest multipurpose arena, as well as the Courtyard Hotel.

Arena information[edit]

Its primary use is that of large scale convention and meeting facility. It also hosts major concerts, conferences, and other large scale events. The complex houses multiple meeting rooms, conference and convention space, dining halls, and a 15,000 seat multi-purpose arena. When it opened in 1972, it replaced the Oklahoma State Fair Arena as Oklahoma City's main indoor sports and concert venue. It would retain this status for 30 years until the opening of the Ford Center (now the Chesapeake Energy Arena) in 2002.

The arena was home to Oklahoma City Blazers hockey in the 1970s and then again in 1992-2002, Bricktown Brawlers Indoor Football League team, in addition to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League. The Cox arena has also hosted numerous state and college basketball events, including early rounds of the Men's NCAA Basketball Tournament and also the 2007 and 2009 Big 12 Women's Basketball Tournament and UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard on September 16, 2009.

Members of the Navy Color Guard join the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz players on the field at Cox Convention Center during the opening ceremony

Improvements[edit]

The Myriad received a major renovation and expansion. The $55.8 million project was designed by Glover Bode. Flintco, who served as the renovation's general contractor, began construction in June 1997. The work was completed in August 1999.[4]

The MAPS Project also funded construction of the Chesapeake Energy Arena (located just south of the Cox Convention Center) and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

The Cox Convention Center received another upgrade, budgeted at $4.5 million, to accommodate the move of the Edmonton Oilers' top farm team, the Oklahoma City Barons and which began play in fall 2010.

Events[edit]

Prior to the opening of the Ford Center, the Myriad was Oklahoma City's premier sports and entertainment venue.

Concerts[edit]

Other events[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Money, Jack; Lackmeyer, Steve (May 25, 1998). "Myriad Flap Doesn't Faze First Architect". The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). Retrieved November 10, 2011. 
  2. ^ Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–2014. Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved February 27, 2014.
  3. ^ "Architecture Firm Celebrates 77-Year Alliance in State". The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). September 2, 1982. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  4. ^ "Myriad Renovation". The Oklahoman (Oklahoma City). August 2, 1999. Retrieved January 22, 2014. 
  5. ^ "OKC Oilfield Expo homepage". OKC Oilfield Expo homepage. Texas Classic Productions LLC. Retrieved January 18, 2014. 

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Events and tenants
Preceded by
Rexall Place
Home of the
Oklahoma City Barons

2010 – present
Succeeded by
current