February 9, 2024
December 5, 2023
November 10, 2023
The majority of the concourse level concrete has been poured with the exception of the north section, Area C, which is scheduled to be completed very soon. Approximately half of the low roof concrete has been completed with Area D to be poured on November 21 and Area C on December 12, which will complete the elevated concrete deck structure. The truss support columns are underway and perimeter framing began on November 6. The arena wall is scheduled to be complete by the middle of November. Precast seating installation is scheduled to begin on November 27 and continue for four weeks. These are the currently scheduled dates, but all are subject to change due to weather and materials.
October, 19 2023
Construction on the OKC Fairgrounds Coliseum continued during the 2023 Oklahoma State Fair. Fairgoers were extremely tolerant of the inconvenience caused by the construction footprint at Gate 6. The public was largely happy to see progress made on the much-needed replacement to the Jim Norick Arena, and fortunately so, as we will be existing under these conditions through the 2024 Oklahoma State Fair. The current schedule calls for the OKC Fairgrounds Coliseum to open in mid-2025.
May 24, 2023
Watch an interesting timelapse video of the demolition of the Jim Norick Arena lobby below.
February 23, 2023
On Wednesday, February 22, the Mayor, other city officials, and invited guests took part in the official groundbreaking ceremony for the new OKC Fairgrounds Coliseum. The $126 million project is funded through MAPS 3, MAPS 4, hotel/motel tax revenue, and other funding sources.
Construction is scheduled to be complete in 2025. When completed, the 216,164 square foot coliseum will be operated by Oklahoma State Fair, Inc. The Jim Norick Arena will continue to host events, just as it has since 1965, until the new coliseum opens.
The MAPS 3 and 4 Fairgrounds Coliseum will feature seating for more than 7,000 with a variety of seating configurations. Included in the venue will be a lounge, suites, a full-serve restaurant along with several upscale concession areas, an A/V Suite, and a sophisticated catwalk system.
Check back for updates as this project progresses.