Tulsa Convention Center Gets New Name
COX BUSINESS CENTER: The Tulsa Convention Center will now be called Cox Business Center as part of a long-term naming rights partnership.
EMILY RAMSEY for GTR Newspapers
, Cox Communications and the City of Tulsa have jointly announced a long-term naming rights partnership for the Tulsa Convention Center. As a result, the downtown Tulsa multi-purpose facility will be named “Cox Business Center.” The facility, home to Tulsa Project Theatre, Tulsa Revolution and the Oklahoma Defenders, regularly hosts a variety of conventions, meetings, galas, concerts and other world-class events, attracting more than a quarter of a million guests annually.
“The naming rights agreement with Cox Business is another step in SMG’s long-term plan to elevate the convention center to the top tier of convention facilities in the country,” says General Manager John Bolton. “With the completion of the ballroom in 2010, the recently constructed state-of-the-art concession improvements, the reputation of SAVOR… catering and now the technological upgrades made possible by Cox Business as part of the naming rights agreement, the Cox Business Center is a shining example of what’s possible with modern convention centers and something that should make the citizens of Tulsa extremely proud.”
“Today we celebrate more than just a new name for the Tulsa Convention Center, but a new era for the convention center and the Center,” says John Bowen, market vice president for Cox Communications. “With the Cox Business brand comes the most innovative cable and broadband technology, greater broadcasting ability and new opportunities to attract conventions, regional and national events to our city.”
The partnership brings a new name to the downtown skyline and provides a state of the art internal network that will attract new and larger conventions, regional and national sporting events and other live broadcast events. The partnership will elevate the Cox Business Center and the Center to the highest technology standards of convention centers and arenas across the country by boosting Internet bandwidth by more than 10 times the current speeds.
Additionally, new and improved internal broadcasting technology and distribution will better serve professional broadcasting events and other live and taped events at both the Cox Business Center and the Center.
“This partnership is about more than just a financial investment. It’s an investment of state-of-the-art technology in our community,” says Mike Neal, president and of the Tulsa Regional Chamber. “Today’s announcement comes on the heels of other exciting downtown ventures, all of which help the Chamber’s VisitTulsa team promote Tulsa’s exciting entertainment and sporting venues to visitors across the country.”
“The technology upgrades Cox has committed to will increase the marketability of our downtown area and bring greater economic benefit to the community through increased visits to hotels, restaurants and other downtown businesses. I congratulate the Cox Business and Tulsa Convention Center teams on this joint effort.”
Opened on March 8, 1964, the Cox Business Center is managed by , the world leader in venue management, marketing and development, and owned by the City of Tulsa. Undergoing major renovations and additions in 1984 and 2010, the facility currently hosts an 8,900 seat arena with event suites, Oklahoma’slargest ballroom, 35 meeting rooms and a 102,600 square-foot, column-free exhibit hall. Cox Business Center, previously named the Civic Center, Tulsa Assembly Center and Maxwell Convention Center, will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2014.
About Cox Communications:
Cox Communications is a broadband communications and entertainment company, providing advanced digital video, Internet and telephone services over its own nationwide IP network. The third-largest U.S. cable TV company, Cox serves approximately 6 million residences and businesses. Cox Business is a facilities-based provider of voice, video and data solutions for commercial customers, and Cox Media is a full-service provider of national and local cable spot and new media advertising.
Cox is known for its pioneering efforts in cable telephone and commercial services, industry-leading customer care and its outstanding workplaces. For seven years, Cox has been recognized as the top operator for women by Women in Cable Telecommunications; for seven years, Cox has ranked among DiversityInc’s Top 50 Companies for Diversity. More information about Cox Communications, a wholly owned subsidiary of Cox Enterprises, is available at www.cox.com and www.coxmedia.com.
Founded in 1977, provides management services to more than 220 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, manages more than 14.4 million square feet of exhibition space and over 1.75 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston’s Reliant Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. For more information visit www.smgworld.com.