State Fair Park’s buildings and grounds have undergone many renovations over the years to accommodate the associations, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers using our facilities to reach over 2 million consumers each year.
Current construction progress and information on future State Fair Park improvements can be found here.
May Avenue Construction Update
Beginning October 2013 thru the summer of 2014, May Avenue traffic will be limited to one northbound lane and one southbound lane. The construction project will also limit entrance into State Fair Park. Guests may enter State Fair Park at May Avenue and Gordon Cooper Boulevard (Gate 5) and at Reno Avenue and Delmar Gardens Avenue.
Starting Friday, April 11, 2014, and lasting through summer of 2014, the east and west bound lanes of General Pershing Boulevard will be closed between May Avenue and Villa Avenue. However the portion of General Pershing Boulevard between the railroad tracks and Villa Avenue will remain accessible to local traffic. For additional details, please view this map.
Construction on the 290,000 square-foot Expo Building, funded by MAPS 3, will begin after the 2014 Oklahoma State Fair (September 11-21) and is expected to take approximately 18 months to complete. The new building will offer, among other amenities, 200,000 square-foot of contiguous floor space.
The Expo Building will offer State Fair Park’s current clients the ability to expand and enhance their events while bringing new national and international shows to Oklahoma.Once it is completed, the building will be the largest event space in Oklahoma City.
Construction has already begun on new parking lots and other site improvements that will compliment the new building.
About MAPS 3
On December 8, 2009, Oklahoma City voters passed the 3rd Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS 3) initiative. MAPS 3 is a seven-year, nine month one-cent sales tax initiative that began on April 1, 2010 to improve the quality of life in Oklahoma City. The initiative funds eight projects, including improvements to State Fair Park.
Originally built in 2006, the Outdoor Arena has served State Fair Park’s horse show clientele well and given motorists along I-44 a bird’s eye view into the equine event industry. To remain functional for years to come, the arena was in need of upgrades including a cover and outside holding areas. Renovations began in early spring with construction scheduled to be complete by August – in time for the 2013 Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show and the 2013 Oklahoma State Fair.
On May 31, 2013, violent storms ripped through the Oklahoma City area and the West Covered Arena sustained substantial damage. As a result, all of the new steel had to be taken down and construction had to start over from the ground up. Our construction team and steel supplier worked steadily and the West Covered Arena was completed in late 2013 and in use during State Fair Park’s busy fall horse show season.
The West Covered Arena now includes these amenities
- Cover for arena
- Improved footing
- Covered cattle area
- New ventilation system including Big Ass Fans
- Show quality lighting that includes translucent panels that provide natural, daytime lighting
- Additional entrance gates on the east side