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

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Prairie Surf Studios
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Former names Myriad Convention Center (1972–2002)
Cox Convention Center (2002–2021)
Address 1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102-9219
Location Downtown Oklahoma City
Public transit OKC Streetcar Century Center
OKC Streetcar Arena
Owner City of Oklahoma City
Operator SMG
Capacity Basketball: 13,846
Ice hockey: 13,399
Arena football: 13,231
Concerts: 15,634
Construction
Broke ground 1969
Opened November 5, 1972
Construction cost $23 million
($134 million in 2018 dollars2018)
Architect Bozalis, Dickinson & Roloff
General contractor H.A. Lott Inc.
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)

Prairie Surf Studios (originally Myriad Convention Center, 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 the Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League.

History

City of Oklahoma City contracted with Prairie Surf Media to take over the convention center space for sound stages and production offices for their film company. On January 1, 2021, the building was renamed Prairie Surf Studios. The complex was formerly known as Cox Convention Center (2003-2020) and Myriad Convention Center (1972-2002).

The facility 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.

It is located adjacent to the Renaissance and Sheraton Hotels and borders Robinson Avenue, Sheridan Avenue, Reno Avenue, and EK Gaylord Blvd in Downtown. Immediately across the street to the south is the Chesapeake Energy Arena, the city's largest multipurpose arena, as well as the Courtyard Hotel.

Arena information

Currently, the facility is used as a closed production space for Prairie Surf Media production company, including sound stages, set design, and production offices.

Prior to 2021, 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.

The arena was home to Oklahoma City Blazers hockey in the 1970s and then again from 1992 to 2002, Bricktown Brawlers Indoor Football League team, and Oklahoma City Blue of the NBA G League from 2014 to 2020; previously the Oklahoma City Barons of the American Hockey League used to play their games there before their relocation to Bakersfield. 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.

Improvements

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.

The MAPS Project also funded construction of the Chesapeake Energy Arena (located just south of the Cox Convention Center) and Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.

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 fall 2010.

Events

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.

Concerts

Other events

  • National Finals Rodeo (1979–1984)
  • 1983 Billy Graham Oklahoma Crusade at the arena
  • NBA and NHL exhibition games
  • 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival events
  • Boxing
  • Tennis
  • UFC Fight Night: Diaz vs. Guillard – September 16, 2009
  • Indoor Track meets
  • American Bycycle Association: Grand Nationals
  • First and second-round games for the 1994 and 1998 NCAA Men's Division I Basketball Championship (Bryce Drew's famous buzzer beater took place here during the 1998 tournament)
  • Talk show host Phil Donahue taped his show in the Great Hall of the Myriad for a week in 1981
  • Pro Wrestling (Mid-South Wrestling, WWF and WCW)
  • OKC Oilfield Expo
  • It hosted the beatification of Stanley Rother on September 23, 2017, the first native-born American to be proclaimed a martyr of the Catholic Church.
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)
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