Apr 02, 2013

OKC Renews Arena, Convention Center Management Agreement with SMG

The Oklahoma City Council today unanimously approved the renewal of the city’s agreement with SMG to continue managing Cox Convention Center and Chesapeake Energy Arena. SMG, the worldwide leader in entertainment and convention venue management, has been operating the facilities since 1999.

“The confidence shown in SMG by the Oklahoma City Council is a testament to the partnership we have built over the past 14 years,” said Gary Desjardins, Regional General Manager of Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center. “It’s a reflection on the quality of the performance the SMG staff provides. SMG will continue to build upon our relationship with the City of Oklahoma City and remain dedicated to providing first-class management to Oklahoma City residents and the patrons of these facilities.”

Tom Anderson of the City Manager’s Office of Oklahoma City commended SMG and its staff for their dedication and commitment to quality:  “Oklahoma City continues to advance in the convention, sports and entertainment industries thanks to our supportive citizens.  We rely on SMG to provide high quality service to our citizens and visitors at the newly upgraded Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center and the people of SMG consistently go above and beyond to meet and exceed expectations.  SMG has played an integral role in helping Oklahoma City realize successes that were once only dreams.”

Doug Thornton, SMG’s Senior Vice-President of Stadiums and Arenas, added that Oklahoma City is one of SMG’s most dynamic markets.

“SMG is proud to play a role in Oklahoma City’s ongoing evolution into one of the top entertainment markets in the United States,” he said. “A first-class arena, a first-class basketball team and a vibrant economy didn’t happen by accident. They are the direct result of the leadership and vision shown by the leaders and citizens of Oklahoma City. We are proud to be part of the city’s future.”  

Chesapeake Energy Arena seats more than 18,000 and is home to the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. It has played host to the likes of Bon Jovi, Eric Clapton, George Strait, numerous NCAA Basketball Tournaments and the Oklahoma Centennial Celebration.

Cox Convention Center is home to the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League and houses a 15,000-seat arena and 100,000 square feet of exhibition space, 80,000 of which is column-free. Each year, the building hosts numerous national and local conventions and tradeshows, as well as a variety of community events.