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FEB 2017

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F E B R U A R Y 2 0 1 7 ⎜ ConventionSouth ⎜ w w w . c o n v e n t i o n s o u t h . c o m 47 O K L A H O M A • Sheraton Oklahoma City - 396 guest rooms; 26,270 square feet of meeting and event space • Biltmore Hotel - 367 guest rooms; 21,000 square feet of meeting space • Skirvin Hilton Oklahoma City - 225 guest rooms; 18,500 square feet of meeting space with 20 meeting rooms • Renaissance Waterford Marriott Hotel - 197 guest rooms; 11 meeting rooms • Aloft Downtown - Bricktown - 134 guest rooms; seven event spaces totaling 7,937 square feet • Courtyard Marriott - 225 guest rooms; 6,500 square feet of event space Norman A new Hampton by Hilton, set to open this fall, will add 104 guest rooms to the University North Park area, said Dan Schemm, executive director of VisitNorman. "Once open, there will be more than 500 rooms within walking distance on Conference Drive between the Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center, the Holiday Inn Express and the new Hampton." Also new is a 116-suite Best Western Plus located in north Norman. Schemm noted a number of major meeting spaces in Norman. "The Marriott Conference Center at NCED (National Center for Employee Development) has 964 guest rooms and more than 60,000 square feet of meeting space in a resort-style facility. Oklahoma Memorial Union, located on the University of Oklahoma campus, offers more than 25,000 square feet of event space in a picturesque Cherokee Gothic-style building. The Studio of Sooner Theatre and The Sooner Theatre feature capacities of more than 300 people in a trendy loft-style space or theater seating. And recently, Legacy Park opened, with an open-air amphitheater that can accommodate an audience of 11,000 people." The Embassy Suites Hotel & Conference Center has 283 two-room suites and more than 50,000 total square feet of function space, in- cluding the largest grand ballroom in Oklahoma, plus 20 meeting rooms with a meeting capacity for more than 3,100 people. According to the hotel, its location in the University North Park area makes it convenient to the University of Oklahoma and to attractions in both the cities of Norman and Oklahoma City. Dan Schemm, ex- ecutive director of VisitNorman, reminds plan- ners that Norman is centrally located, whether a conference attendee is flying or driving. "We are located just 20 minutes from the Oklahoma City airport and just a few miles from the intersection of Interstates 35, 40 and 44. The University of Oklahoma's vibrant campus culture presents unique arts, culture and entertainment options for visitors." Additional Norman Meeting Space • University of Oklahoma - variety of spaces; College of Continuing Education has 17 seminar and meeting rooms for ►

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