Tulsa Convention Center Adding State’s Largest Ballroom

HIL ANDERSON, SENIOR EDITOR
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Tulsa, OK – Work is underway at the Tulsa Convention Center on a $50.5 million expansion project that will emerge as the largest ballroom in Oklahoma.

The project was on track for completion in the First Quarter of 2010 after workers tore up an adjacent parking lot and excavated the site in late January.

While no new dedicated exhibit space was included in the plans, the addition of a nearly 30,000 square-foot ballroom plus another seven meeting rooms will allow show managers to hold larger functions without spilling into the exhibit hall. “Having the largest ballroom in the state will give us the chance to fully utilize all our exhibition space, as well as adding more meeting rooms and breakout space to our inventory,” said Suzann Stewart, executive director of the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau.

The convention center has 102,600 square feet of prime exhibit space and 23 breakout rooms. The ballroom will be divisible into thirds.

The project also includes renovations to the existing structure, which opened in 1964, including a new roof and video display boards. A revamped and landscaped approach will better tie in the convention center with the BOK Center sports arena across the street.

Reach Suzann Stewart at (918) 560-0227 or suzannstewart@tulsachamber.com; John Bolton, general manager of the Tulsa Convention Center, at (800) 678-7177 or jbolton@smgtulsa.com