Prairie Surf Studios

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Coordinates: 35°27′55″N 97°30′52″W / 35.46528°N 97.51444°W / 35.46528; -97.51444

Prairie Surf Studios (originally Myriad Convention Center and later Cox Convention Center) is a film production complex located in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It was formerly a convention center and the home of several minor league teams.

Prairie Surf Studios
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Former namesMyriad Convention Center (1972–2002)
Cox Convention Center (2002–2021)
Address1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-9219
LocationDowntown Oklahoma City
Public transitOKC Streetcar Century Center
OKC Streetcar Arena
OwnerCity of Oklahoma City
OperatorSMG
CapacityBasketball: 13,846
Ice hockey: 13,399
Arena football: 13,231
Concerts: 15,634
Construction
Broke ground1969
OpenedNovember 5, 1972
Construction cost$23 million[1]
($162 million in 2020 dollars[2])
ArchitectBozalis, Dickinson & Roloff[3]
General contractorH.A. Lott Inc.[1]
Tenants
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (1973–77)
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 (af2/AFL) (2009–10)
Oklahoma City Barons (AHL) (2010–15)
Bricktown Brawlers (IFL) (2011)
Oklahoma City Blue (NBA G League) (2014–2019)

HistoryEdit

The facility, known as the Myriad Convention Center, originally 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. As the Myriad, the facility 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]

It was later named Cox Convention Center via sponsorship with telecommunications company Cox Communications. The facility's primary use was that of large-scale convention and meeting space. It also hosted 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 directly across the street.

As the Cox Convention Center, the facility received another upgrade, budgeted at $4.5 million, to accommodate the Edmonton Oilers' top farm team, the Oklahoma City Barons, which began play in the 2010–11 season.

The arena was home to Oklahoma City Blazers hockey in the 1970s, another Blazers team from 1992 to 2002, the Bricktown Brawlers Indoor Football League team, the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League, and the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League. 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.

Oklahoma City contracted with Prairie Surf Media to take over the convention center space for sound stages and production offices for their film company.[5] On January 1, 2021, the building was renamed Prairie Surf Studios.

EventsEdit

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.

ConcertsEdit

List of concerts

Other eventsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Money, Jack; Lackmeyer, Steve (May 25, 1998). "Myriad Flap Doesn't Faze First Architect". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. Retrieved November 10, 2011.
  2. ^ 1634 to 1699: Harris, P. (1996). "Inflation and Deflation in Early America, 1634–1860: Patterns of Change in the British American Economy". Social Science History. 20 (4): 469–505. JSTOR 1171338. 1700-1799: McCusker, J. J. (1992). How much is that in real money?: a historical price index for use as a deflator of money values in the economy of the United States (PDF). American Antiquarian Society. 1800–present: Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Retrieved January 1, 2020.
  3. ^ "Architecture Firm Celebrates 77-Year Alliance in State". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. September 2, 1982. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  4. ^ "Myriad Renovation". The Oklahoman. Oklahoma City. August 2, 1999. Retrieved January 22, 2014.
  5. ^ https://oklahoman.com/article/5677907/lease-approved-okcs-cox-center-now-in-the-movie-business
  6. ^ "BMX Grand Nationals Attracts 2,800 Bicyclists". November 21, 1993. Retrieved September 14, 2018.
  7. ^ "OKC Oilfield Expo homepage". OKC Oilfield Expo homepage. Texas Classic Productions LLC. Retrieved January 18, 2014.
  8. ^ Center, Cox Convention. "Catholic Archdiocese Oklahoma City – Beatification of Venerable Servant of God Father Stanley Francis Rother – Cox Convention Center". www.coxconventioncenter.com. Retrieved September 14, 2018.

External linksEdit

Events and tenants
Preceded by
SpiritBank Event Center
(as the Tulsa 66ers)
Home of the
Oklahoma City Blue

2014–2020
Succeeded by
TBD
Preceded by
Rose Garden Arena
Home of the
Oklahoma Wranglers

2000–2001
Succeeded by
Franchise folded
Preceded by
Ford Center
Home of the
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs

2009–2010
Succeeded by
Franchise folded
Preceded by
Rexall Place
(as the Edmonton Road Runners)
Home of the
Oklahoma City Barons

2010–2015
Succeeded by
Rabobank Arena
(as the Bakersfield Condors)