Construction of the new OKC Fairgrounds Coliseum is expected to start next year
A new colosseum is coming to the Oklahoma City Fairgrounds.
Demolition of the current Norick Arena and construction of a new $ 84 million facility is scheduled to begin in 2022.
Most of the construction of the colosseum will be funded by the voter-approved MAPS 4 measure, which will provide around $ 63 million. An additional $ 25 million will come from tax revenues from the city’s hotels “already earmarked for improving the exhibition grounds”, according to the city site.
David Todd, MAPS program manager for Oklahoma City, said construction could begin in the summer of 2022, pending approval from city officials.
The new Colosseum site is just south of the Norick Arena and will similarly be able to change layouts for different events such as breeding shows, basketball matches and concerts.
Reception capacity, depending on the event, will vary from around 5,000 to 8,000 places.
The inspiration for the building’s design includes Native American and Western motifs. Construction is expected to be completed in 2024.
The Norick Arena has the greatest economic impact in Oklahoma City among all public buildings, according to the city’s website. Todd said the new construction will bring events back.
“We want these horse shows to come back,” he said. “It’ll just be a fresh new take on the arena doing a lot of the same things he does now.”