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Cox Convention Center

Oklahoma City, OK

Home of the Oklahoma City Barons

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Cox Convention Center (map it)
1 Myriad Gardens
Oklahoma City, OK 73102


Oklahoma City Barons website

Cox Convention Center website

Year Opened: 1972

Capacity: 13,399

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Hockey Barons

The American Hockey League's Oklahoma City Barons play their home games in the Cox Convention Center in downtown Oklahoma City. The Cox Convention Center has a hockey capacity of over 13,000 and it has undergone a number of upgrades in the last four to five years, including a new scoreboard and new team store. Cox Convention Center opened in 1972 and also is the home of the Indoor Football League's Bricktown Brawlers.

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What is FANFARE?

The FANFARE scale is our metric device for rating each stadium experience. It covers the following:

  • Food & Beverage
  • Atmosphere
  • Neighborhood
  • Fans
  • Access
  • Return on Investment
  • Extras

Each area is rated from 0 to 5 stars with 5 being the best. The overall composite score is the "FANFARE Score".

Food & Beverage    4

The Cox Convention Center has some great amenities in the area. Whether you want traditional concession stand food in the form of hot dogs, pretzels and popcorn or tacos, enchiladas and burritos, anyone can find something they'll like here. The arena has numerous places to get food, and each is different from all the others. The quality is good all around as well. That's especially impressive considering that normally variety lessens quality. There is also a full bar at one end of the arena where you can get just about any alcoholic drink you could want. All in all, this arena has everything a fan could want in the area.

Atmosphere    4

The atmosphere of the arena was top notch. It was very light, and there were no signs of any fans that weren't having a good time. There was some of the average stuff here like games on the video screen where fans could win prizes, and the announcer did a good job of keeping the crowd into it. The arena staff was also very helpful and friendly. They were more than happy to help fans to their seats and answer any questions. There were also a lot of places to buy Barons memorabilia and even a place to get a picture taken with the Baron girls. The seating is pretty good. The individual seats are fairly comfortable, and there is plenty of seating on the whole. With hockey, I like to sit as close as possible to be able to hear, and even feel, the checks.

Neighborhood    5

The arena is right next to the Chesapeake Energy Arena, where the Oklahoma City Thunder plays its home games. Bricktown is also nearby, and that's somewhere you're going to want to go on your visit to Oklahoma City. The National Cowboy and Western Museum, the Myriad Botanical Gardens, the Harkins Theatre and the Downtown Library are just a few of the many attractions that Bricktown has to offer. Combine that with great places to eat and hang out like the Bricktown Brewery, the Bourbon Street Café and a number of other places, and Bricktown becomes the place to be in OKC.

Fans    3

The crowd wasn't very big during my visit, maybe half of the capacity. The game was on the same night as an Oklahoma City Thunder game, but I'm not sure whether that helped or hurt the crowd size. The demeanor of the crowd was very good though. The support was very good for a minor league hockey crowd, especially in Oklahoma, where hockey isn't close to a major sport. All in all, the fans were pretty great, but there weren't that many of them.

Access    2

As far as parking goes, let me be very clear. If you are the type who doesn't like hunting for parking or who can't get there very early, DO NOT go to a Barons game on the same night as an Oklahoma City Thunder game. I did and did not arrive early. I had to park a couple of miles away. That being said, there appeared to be plenty of parking for nights when just the Barons were playing. There are a couple of pretty big parking garages. The bathrooms are nice. They are plenty big enough and were very clean. The place also had plenty of room to walk around the arena, and congestion wasn't a problem anywhere.

Return on Investment    4

Ticket prices range on average from $15-$45. That is a very good price for the product you'll get as a fan. The atmosphere is very good, the food is great and the seating is comfortable and affordable. Even the higher end, closer seats are still well worth the price, and if you're planning on attending (which you should be), you'll want to shell out the extra money for the better seats. It's worth it.

Extras    1

I'm giving an extra point for the staff. I know I've mentioned this already, but they were extremely helpful with the fans. Whether it was at the ticket office, concession stands or the ushers, they were all really great.

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Crowd Reviews

Great Hockey Games in a Great City

Total Score: 3.43

  • Food & Beverage: 2
  • Atmosphere 3
  • Neighborhood: 5
  • Fans: 3
  • Access: 4
  • RoI: 4
  • Extras: 3

Besides being in Oklahoma City, the item I liked best about my trip to visit the Barons was the actual play of the games I attended. Just good, well played hockey games.

The one night was Faith Night and after the national anthem a prayer was said. That was something I don’t remember witnessing at a hockey game before. There was a band both nights I attended as well as a giveaway both nights. The one giveaway was a new one to me: Your choice of a Barack Obama or a Mitt Romney bobble head (presumably dressed as a Barons player – I haven’t opened mine up yet).

I didn’t find the food that appetizing in the arena. My recommendation is eat at one of the many restaurants in ‘Bricktown’ which is walking distance (less than 1/2 mile) to the arena. The temperature was quite chilly in the arena so plan accordingly and bundle up.

There’s plenty to see and do in OKC. If nothing else, do visit the Oklahoma National Memorial Museum. Other sites I visited and would recommend are: Myriad Gardens/Crystal Bridge, Banjo Museum, Water Taxi, and all of Bricktown sights and sounds.

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Local Food & Drink

Bricktown Brewery  (map it!)

1 N Oklahoma Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

(405) 232-2739

http://www.bricktownbrewery.com/

Bourbon Street Café   (map it!)

100 E California Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

(405) 232-6666

http://www.bourbonstreetcafe.com/

TapWerks  (map it!)

121 East Sheridan Avenue

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

(405) 319-9599

http://www.tapwerks.com/

Local Entertainment

National Cowboy and Western Museum  (map it!)

1700 NE 63rd St

Oklahoma City, OK 73111

(405) 478-2250

http://www.nationalcowboymuseum.org/

Harkins Theatre  (map it!)

150 E Reno Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73104

(405) 231-4747

http://www.harkinstheatres.com/theatreDetails.aspx?theatreId=9147

Downtown Library  (map it!)

300 Park Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 231-8650

http://www.mls.lib.ok.us/mls/mls_library/dn.htm

Myriad Botanical Gardens  (map it!)

100 Myriad Gardens

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 297-3995

http://www.myriadgardens.org/

Oklahoma City National Memorial   (map it!)

620 N. Harvey Ave

Oklahoma City, OK 73102

(405) 235-3313

http://www.oklahomacitynationalmemorial.org/

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