Construction Updates

The buildings and grounds at State Fair Park have undergone many renovations over the years to accommodate the associations, manufacturers, wholesalers and retailers using our facilities to reach more than two million consumers each year.

Current construction progress and information on future State Fair Park improvements can be found here.

May Avenue Construction Update

All northbound and southbound lanes of May Avenue are now open.

Expo Center

Construction on the 290,000 square-foot Expo Center, funded by MAPS 3, began in December 2014 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 Center will offer current State Fair Park clients the ability to expand and enhance their events, while bringing new national and international shows to Oklahoma. Once completed, the building will be the largest event space in Oklahoma City.

Construction has been completed on the 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 third 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.

West Covered
Arena Renovations

Originally built in 2006, the Outdoor Arena has served State Fair Park’s horse show clientele 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 needed a few upgrades, including a cover and outside holding areas. Renovations began in early spring 2013, with construction scheduled to be complete by August – in time for the Built Ford Tough AQHYA World Championship Show and the 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 the steel was taken down and construction started over. The construction team and steel supplier worked to complete the West Covered Arena in late 2013 - in time for State Fair Park’s busy fall horse show season.

The West Covered Arena includes:

  • Arena cover
  • Improved footing
  • Covered cattle area
  • New ventilation system, including Big Ass Fans
  • Show quality lighting, including translucent panels to provide natural, daytime lighting
  • Additional entrance gates on the east side
This page updated on March 18, 2015