Situated in the Panhandle Plains, Wichita Falls is a regional hub for north central Texas thanks to its location between Dallas-Fort Worth and Oklahoma City. Thanks also to over 100,000 square feet of meeting space, more than 25 hotels and Wichita Falls event venues that range from historic buildings and museums to action-packed casinos, more and more people are falling for this accessible city.
Groups can arrive by ground from any direction via I-44, US Highways 82, 281, 277 and 287 and State Route 79. Wichita Falls Municipal Airport receives daily flights from DFW International.
Chief among convention venues in Wichita Falls is the Multi-Purpose Event Center (MPEC). Accommodating groups from 200 to 2,000, the MPEC encompasses an exhibit hall, Kay Yeager Coliseum and J.S. Bridwell Agricultural Center. The exhibit hall has 57,141 square feet of usable floor space, including two exhibit spaces, 10 meeting rooms and a 216-seat lecture hall. Kay Yeager Coliseum has permanent seating for 6,500 people and temporary seating for 3,500 people, and the agricultural center has a 50,000-square-foot livestock barn and arena seating for more than 1,200 people. Just a few blocks away, Memorial Auditorium offers another 2,700 seats and over 1,500 square feet of exhibit space across two floors.
For groups in need of a less traditional space, Wichita Falls has more than 85,000 square feet of space at unique venues throughout the city. Built in 1927, The Forum has been named a landmark by both the city of Wichita Falls and the state of Texas and boasts a gracious design and seven private event rooms. Midwestern State University is an excellent venue for professional meetings and presentations, offering multiple rooms ranging in size from 486 square feet to 9,500 square feet at its Clark Student Center. MSU's 4,490-square-foot Sikes Lake Center, which overlooks a duck pond, is also available. Take team building to another level at the Chaparral Retreat & Conference Center, which can arrange exciting activities such as canoeing, archery and rope climbing. The facility also has three main venues for events of 60 to 600 guests.
Groups don't need to go on a retreat to escape from the boardroom. A number of dining venues in Wichita Falls are ready to treat guests to a night off to enjoy a few drinks, mingle and experience Wichita Falls' famous local flavor. Serving fresh, locally grown food, Pasqual is a classy yet casual venue for corporate parties and luncheons. El Mejicano has been serving authentic Mexican specialties for over 20 years and has a banquet room with a projector screen and audio-visual equipment.
Meeting guests can really kick up their heels after a long day at one of Wichita Falls' clubs or nearby casinos. Denim and Diamonds is the city's newest country and western dance club, and Neon Spur is the largest outdoor live music venue in Wichita Falls; both are available for company parties and celebrations. Just 15 minutes from downtown in nearby Randlett, the Comanche Red River Casino and Kiowa Casino invite corporate and social groups to test their luck at blackjack, poker, slot machines and more.
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