Oklahoma City, OK Event Planning

Key Highlights

Hotels 114
Total Sleeping Rooms 12,597
Committable Sleeping Rooms* 509
Committable Meeting Rooms* 49
Largest Exhibit Space 100,000 Sq. Ft.
Largest Ballroom 32,129 Sq. Ft.
Average Hotel Room Rate USD $81
Average Daily Meal Cost USD $66
Average Weekly Car Rental USD $255
*Maximum for a single hotel

Oklahoma City, OK Meeting Planning Overview

Oklahoma City's diverse mix of urban culture, Western heritage and world-class meeting facilities make it one of the region's foremost event locales. Thanks to three major interstate highways, a recently expanded international airport, and Amtrak service, arriving to Oklahoma couldn't be easier whether guests travel by car, plane or train. The city's over 2,400 miles of drivable roads have earned it a number 6 spot on MSN's most drivable cities in the country. Meanwhile, the well-appointed Will Rogers World Airport, the busiest in Oklahoma, has non-stop air service to over 15 U.S. destinations.

Once inside the city, event attendees will find much to explore, starting with the Cox Business Services Convention Center, the city's premier event venue. Only a 15-minute drive from the airport and just across the street from three major hotels and 1,400 guest rooms, the convention center is easily accessible by guests. Its 100,000 square feet of exhibit space, along with 21 meeting rooms and the state's largest ballroom, make this facility the venue of choice for tradeshows, conferences, receptions and more.

The Cox Convention Center is one of many landmarks in the growing downtown entertainment district of Bricktown, part of the ambitious Metropolitan Area Projects redevelopment package. Started in 1993, the MAPS initiative has included the construction of a new baseball park, a central library, renovations to the civic center, convention center, and fairgrounds, and the addition of a canal to Bricktown. Exceeding $3 billion, MAPS is one of the most successful public-private partnerships in the city, and a true testament to its desire to evolve and expand.

Planners can take advantage of MAPS' success by hosting an event in one of Oklahoma City's new or revitalized unique event spaces. Add excitement to events by renting a suite or lounge at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, home of the Oklahoma City RedHawks and frequent host to the Big 12 Baseball Tournament. Loosen up guests with a casual dinner or reception at Bricktown Brewery, where up to 320 people can enjoy fine food and the best beer in the city. Or, for a truly memorable group gathering, invite up to 35 attendees to sail down the Oklahoma River on the popular Oklahoma River Cruises.

Beyond Bricktown, there is a plethora of Oklahoma City event venues that lend a unique twist to meetings and events. Up to 1,800 people can meet amidst awe-inspiring Western landscapes at the National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum. Meanwhile, the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory transports guests to the tropics. Host an unforgettable meeting or reception among lush tropical plants, a 35-foot-tall waterfall and exotic animals, all of which reside in this seven-story attraction suspended over a two-acre lake.

Oklahoma City's major industries include information technology, health services and energy exploration. The city serves as headquarters for such corporations as the American Education Corporation, Devon Energy, Chesapeake Energy, Great Plains Coca-Cola Bottling Company and Sonic Corp. Oklahoma City is also home to Oklahoma City University, Oklahoma City Community College and Oklahoma State University at Oklahoma City.

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About Oklahoma City, OK / Additional Info

Nestled in the Frontier Country region of central Oklahoma, Oklahoma City is marked by gently rolling hills and prairies. With over 1.2 million residents in its metropolitan area, it is the largest city in the state as well as the 2nd largest city in the continental U.S. based on geographical size. Becoming the state capital not long after its admittance to the Union, Oklahoma City prospered as a center for oil production before World War II.

Today, guests can still see the influence of black gold by stopping by the Oklahoma State Capitol, the only capitol in the world to be surrounded by working oil wells. Take one of the daily tours of the classic Greco-Roman capitol building, which is also notable for being one of few without a dome. History buffs can also get a glimpse of the city's heritage at attractions such as the Oklahoma History Center. Here, four permanent galleries that tell the stories of Oklahoma and its people.

Perhaps one of the most recognized historic attractions is the Oklahoma City National Memorial and Museum. Representing a tragic chapter in the city's history, the attraction is a tribute to the victims and survivors of the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing. Located on the former site of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the 30,000-square-foot museum features images and artifacts from survivors, family members and rescue workers.

Beyond its history and heritage, Oklahoma City offers a number of vibrant activities for guests young and old. Slip down the nation's tallest spiral slide or make a friend's face disappear at the Science Museum Oklahoma. Catch a performance by one of the city's top theater companies at Stage Center for the Performing Arts. Journey into the tropics at the popular Crystal Bridget Tropical Conservatory at the Myriad Botanical Gardens, home to over 1,000 species of plants.

Visitors can also enjoy Oklahoma City's outdoors by taking a scenic stroll through one of its many vibrant neighborhoods. Functioning as the world's largest live cattle auction, Stockyards City is a mecca for Western crafts, offering more than 70 businesses selling Western wear, ranch goods and down-home cuisine. With stucco buildings and clay tile roofs, the Spanish-style Paseo Arts District offers nearly two dozen galleries and studies alongside restaurants and shops. The revitalized Bricktown is the fastest-growing entertainment district in the region. Here, visitors can see a Redhawks game, pick up outdoor gear at Bass Pro Shops, or cruise the mile-long canal on a water taxi.

As day turns to night, Bricktown transforms into a hotspot for dining and entertainment. Country music fans can stop by Toby Keith's I Love This Bar & Grill to enjoy live music, great food and over 100 items of Keith memorabilia. Or, enjoy the upscale atmosphere of Mickey Mantle's Steakhouse. Beyond Bricktown nightlife, Oklahoma City landmark Cattlemen's Steakhouse is a favorite dining spot for visitors and locals alike, while the Civic Center Music Hall hosts performances that range from ballet to opera to Broadway. No matter where guests choose to end a day in Oklahoma City, they'll certainly be giving this Midwest metropolis the A-OK.

 
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