Officials: New MAPS 3 convention center almost halfway complete

OKLAHOMA CITY - With about a year of construction already behind it, officials say the MAPS 3 convention center is nearly halfway complete, and on Friday the News 4 team, along with several other individuals, got a look at the progress.

The convention center is located on S. Robinson between SW 7th St. and SW 4th St. The four-story building still looks skeletal, and the massive exhibit hall is still exposed to the elements, but MAPS project manager David Todd says it's already 40-percent complete.

"The overall project is going to be such an asset to Oklahoma City," Todd said.

The idea is to take Oklahoma City to the next tier of convention cities. Next door, the Omni Hotel is slated to open not long after the convention center.

It has a $250 million price tag, paid for with part of the $777 million raised by the MAPS 3 one-cent sales tax increase.

"The overall project is going to be such an asset to Oklahoma City," Todd said.

Planned floor to ceiling glass on the conference room levels will showcase downtown, along with the street car stops, and Scissortail Park, two of the other MAPS 3 projects. But the convention center project is unmatched by any other in the city's history.

With a $250 million price tag, it's using a big chunk of the $777 million raised with the MAPS 3 one-cent sales tax increase.

"When it opens," Todd said, "the important thing to remember is it's paid for."

The convention center is slated to be finished September 2020.

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