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Cox Convention Center
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Former namesMyriad Convention Center (1972–2002)
Address1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-9219
Location Downtown Oklahoma City
Public transit OKC Streetcar Century Center
OKC Streetcar Arena
OwnerCity of Oklahoma City
Operator SMG
Capacity Basketball: 13,846
Ice hockey: 13,399
Arena football: 13,231
Concerts: 15,634
Construction
Broke ground1969
OpenedNovember 5, 1972
Construction cost$23 million [1]
($157 million in 2018 dollars [2] )
ArchitectBozalis, Dickinson & Roloff [3]
General contractorH.A. Lott Inc. [1]
Tenants
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (1972–77)
Oklahoma City Stars (CHL) (1978–82)
Oklahoma City Cavalry (CBA) (1990–97)
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (1992–2002)
Oklahoma Coyotes (RHI) (1995–96)
Oklahoma Wranglers (AFL) (2000–01)
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (AFL) (200910)
Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) (2010–15)
Bricktown Brawlers (IFL) (2011)
Oklahoma City Blue (NBA G League) (2014–present)

The Cox Convention Center (originally Myriad Convention Center) is a multi-purpose complex located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It is currently the home of the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League.

Oklahoma City State capital city in Oklahoma, United States

Oklahoma City, often shortened to OKC, is the capital and largest city of the U.S. state of Oklahoma. The county seat of Oklahoma County, the city ranks 27th among United States cities in population. The population grew following the 2010 Census, with the population estimated to have increased to 643,648 as of July 2017. As of 2018, the Oklahoma City metropolitan area had a population of 1,396,445, and the Oklahoma City-Shawnee Combined Statistical Area had a population of 1,469,124 residents, making it Oklahoma's largest metropolitan area.

Oklahoma City Blue American professional basketball team of the NBA G League

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History

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

Cox Communications is an American privately owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises providing digital cable television, telecommunications and Home Automation services in the United States. It is the third-largest cable television provider in the United States, serving more than 6.2 million customers, including 2.9 million digital cable subscribers, 3.5 million Internet subscribers, and almost 3.2 million digital telephone subscribers, making it the seventh-largest telephone carrier in the country. Cox is headquartered at 6205 Peachtree Dunwoody Rd in Sandy Springs, Georgia, U.S., in the Atlanta metropolitan area.

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.

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Myriad Botanical Gardens

The Myriad Botanical Gardens is a 17-acre (69,000 m2) botanical garden and interactive urban park located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, on the southwest corner of Reno and Robinson. The Gardens is home to multiple tiers of densely landscaped areas that surround a sunken lake. Its primary feature is the Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory - a 224-foot (68 m) living plant museum featuring towering palm trees, tropical plants and flowers, waterfalls, and exotic animals.

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.

Chesapeake Energy Arena arena in downtown Oklahoma City

Chesapeake Energy Arena, originally known as the Ford Center from 2002 to 2010 and Oklahoma City Arena until 2011, is an arena located in Downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, United States. It opened in 2002 and since 2008 has served as the home venue for the National Basketball Association (NBA)'s Oklahoma City Thunder. Previously, the arena was home to the Oklahoma City Blazers of the Central Hockey League (CHL) from 2002 until the team folded in July 2009, and the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz of AF2 from 2004 to 2009 when the team moved to the Cox Convention Center. In addition to its use as a sports venue, Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts concerts, family and social events, conventions, ice shows, and civic events. The arena is owned by the city and operated by the SMG property management company and has 18,203 seats in the basketball configuration, 15,152 for hockey, and can seat up to 16,591 for concerts.

Courtyard by Marriott company

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Arena information

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.

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The arena was home to Oklahoma City Blazers hockey in the 1970s and then again from 1992 to 2002, Bricktown Brawlers Indoor Football League team; previously the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League used to play their games their before their relocation to Bakersfield. The Cox Convention Center 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. The NCAA Men's Division I Indoor Track and Field Championships were held at the arena from 1986 to 1988.

Members of the Navy Color Guard join the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz players on the field at Cox Convention Center during the opening ceremony US Navy 090613-N-3750S-492 Members of the Navy Color Guard join the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz players on the field at Cox Convention Center during the opening ceremony.jpg
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

The Myriad received a major renovation and expansion. The US$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

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

WCW Thunder aired live from the Myriad Convention Center on February 12, 1998. The event can be viewed on the WWE Network.

Concerts

List of concerts

Other events

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Rexall Place
Home of the
Oklahoma City Barons

2010 – 2015
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