TULSA CONVENTION CENTER TO BE RENAMED COX BUSINESS CENTER
(Tulsa, Okla.) June 25, 2013 – SMG, Cox Communications and the City of Tulsa today 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,” said SMG 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 BOK Center,” said 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 BOK Center to the highest technology standards of convention centers and arenas across the country by boosting Internet bandwidth by more than ten 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 BOK Center.
"This partnership is about more than just a financial investment….it’s an investment of state-of-the-art technology in our community,” said Mike Neal, president and CEO 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," he continued.
"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 SMG, 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’s largest 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, celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014.