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council approves conceptual design for maps 3 downtown convention center

The Oklahoma City Council voted Tuesday to approve the conceptual design for theMAPS 3 Downtown Convention Center, moving forward with a vision to create OKC’s “living room” on the edge of the MAPS 3 Downtown Public Park. The conceptual design, created by consultants at Populous, calls for a multi-level building with a ballroom on the top floor featuring expansive views of the park and OKC’s urban core, leading designers to liken it to the community’s living room. The center will be on the park’s east edge, a block south of Chesapeake Energy Arena. “The MAPS 3 Convention Center will have a distinct civic presence in Oklahoma City,” said Mayor Mick Cornett. “Not only will it draw visitors from around the world, but it will host events for our own community and be a landmark downtown for decades.” The design allows for the possibility of future expansion. The conceptual design includes exhibit hall spaces designed to be flexible enough to host a variety of events and exhibits. The 30,000-square-foot ballroom space can also be adapted to suit different needs.

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