Cox Business Convention Center

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The Cox Business Convention Center (formerly the Tulsa Assembly Center, Tulsa Convention Center, and Maxwell Convention Center) is a 310,625 square foot convention center located in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Cox Business Convention Center
Cox Business Center logo.jpg
Former namesCox Business Center
Tulsa Convention Center
Tulsa Assembly Center
Location100 Civic Center
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
OwnerCity of Tulsa
OperatorASM Global
Capacity8,900 (Large Arena)
Opened1964
Tenants
Tulsa Oilers (CPHL/CHL) (1964–1983)
Tulsa Golden Hurricane (NCAA) (1964–1998)
Tulsa Roughnecks (NASL) (1978)
Tulsa Oilers (CHL) (1992–2008)
Tulsa Talons (AF2) (2000–2008)
Tulsa 66ers (NBA D-League) (2009–2012)
Oklahoma Defenders (APFL/CPIFL) (2012–2014)
Tulsa Revolution (MASL) (2013–2014)
Website
www.coxcentertulsa.com

The Cox Business Convention Center (CBCC) was originally named Tulsa Assembly Center. It was later renamed Maxwell Convention Center after former mayor James L. Maxwell.[1]

In February 2013, Cox Communications acquired the naming rights to the facility, and renamed it the Cox Business Center,[1] to sync with their Cox Business brand. In 2020, "Convention" was added to the name.[2]

2018 CBCC's banquet hall renovationEdit

The CBCC began renovations to convert the arena into a banquet hall in 2018, with a scheduled completion date of 2020.[3]

The CBCC's banquet hall was the largest in the state at 30,000 square feet, however, the venue's $55 million renovations replaced the Center's arena with the Grand Hall, a second Banquet space with 41,470 square feet, and 38' ceilings.

It also added a new South Plaza at the main entrance on the east side. This includes a three-story glass atrium, valet drop off, and over 4,000 square feet of pre-function event space. The venue now offers over 275,000 square feet of total rentable space.[4][5]

The renovation is part of Vision Tulsa, a community improvement initiative funded by a 0.6% increased sales tax in Tulsa County.[6]

BOK CenterEdit

The Bank of Oklahoma Center, or BOK Center, which is owned by the City of Tulsa, is the sister venue to CBCC, with both being managed by ASM Global. Together, they comprise the ASM Global-Tulsa. The BOK Center is a 19,199-seat arena, and home to the ECHL Tulsa Oilers. It also hosts major concerts and entertainment shows.[7] It was designed to accommodate arena football, hockey, basketball, concerts, and similar events. The BOK is the former home of the Tulsa Shock of the Women's National Basketball Association and the Tulsa Talons of the Arena Football League.

It cost $178 million in public funds to build, as well as $18 million in privately funded upgrades. The Center was completed on August 30, 2008.

CBCC sport team historyEdit

 
Tulsa Revolution warm-ups at Cox Business Center on November 22, 2014.
 
Logo until 2013
 
Lobby of the Cox Business Center.

The original Tulsa Roughnecks used the CBCC's building for indoor soccer in 1978.[8] In November 2013, it became the home arena of the Tulsa Revolution of the Professional Arena Soccer League. The team relocated to the Expo Square Pavilion in January 2015.

The center was home to the Central Hockey League Tulsa Oilers ice hockey team, and to the Tulsa Talons arena football team before the opening of the new BOK Center in 2008. It was a regular stop for Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling and its successor, the Universal Wrestling Federation, until shortly after the UWF was purchased by Jim Crockett Promotions in 1987. It hosted the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament title game in 1982 and from 1984-87. It was also the home to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane basketball team until the program moved to the Reynolds Center in 1998.

The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) circuit hosted a Built Ford Tough Series event at the Convention Center between 2005 and 2008; since 2009, the event has been held at the BOK Center. From 2009 through 2012, the Convention Center was the home arena for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League. In 2013, the team returned to the SpiritBank Event Center in nearby Bixby.[9] In March 2012, the now-defunct Oklahoma Defenders of the American Professional Football League played their first game at the arena.

Musical historyEdit

The Tulsa World detailed the arena's history and previous musical guests in a 2018 feature article[10] and noted: "Who graced the old arena? Everybody from A (Aerosmith) to Z (Zig Ziglar). Let's mention a few names: The Doors, The Rolling Stones, Elvis Presley, Bon Jovi, Louie Armstrong, Led Zeppelin, Charley Pride, Sonny & Cher, the Carpenters, B.B. King, Glen Campbell, Waylon Jennings, Cheech & Chong, Van Halen, and George Strait."

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b Canfield, Kevin. "Cox Business Center new name of Tulsa Convention Center". Tulsa World. Retrieved 2020-06-16.
  2. ^ Tramel, Jimmie. "Tulsa convention center announces rebranding". Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  3. ^ Griffin, David. "Cox Business Convention Center Renovations Almost Finished". www.newson6.com. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  4. ^ World, Jimmie Tramel Tulsa. "Convention Center Arena to be transformed into ballroom at Cox Business Center". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018.
  5. ^ "TULSA'S CONVENTION CENTER REBRANDS TO COMMUNICATE VENUE'S GOALS AND DIVERSITY". coxcentertulsa.com. Retrieved 5 February 2020.
  6. ^ "Vision 2025: A Look Back - Vision Tulsa". www.visiontulsa.com. Retrieved 2020-06-30.
  7. ^ "BOK CENTER". Cox Center Tulsa. Retrieved 2020-07-12.
  8. ^ "Tulsa improved for the return clash with Rowdies." "St. Petersburg Times". February 14, 1978 Accessed November 11, 2016.
  9. ^ "Tulsa 66ers Returning To Bixby's SpiritBank Event Center." News on 6. May 14, 2012. Accessed November 11, 2016.
  10. ^ World, Jimmie Tramel Tulsa. "Before one last concert at 'old' Convention Center Arena, let's share some memories". tulsaworld.com. Retrieved 21 April 2018.

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Coordinates: 36°8′56″N 95°59′50″W / 36.14889°N 95.99722°W / 36.14889; -95.99722