About the Expo

The Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center is only 40 minutes from the intersection of I-40 and I-35, the crossroads of America.

The Expo sits on 52 acres of fairgrounds with an outdoor arena seating 7,500 and a 19,200 sq. ft. indoor arena seating 1,000. The Expo also offers 152,400 square feet of exhibit space. 

You’ll find an RV park with 366 50-amp full hook ups and four comfort stations containing showers and restrooms for your convenience. We also have 133 additional 50-amp spaces and 296 additional 30-amp spaces with water and electric only. 

We'll work for you to show cattle, sell livestock, build a banquet, promote a product, judge a grand championship or find a new rodeo star. We make it our business to know your business and give it the arena/ facility it deserves.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the size of the conference center?

The downstairs area is 17,400 sq. ft. and can be broken down into four individual areas. The upstairs consists of seven seminar/meeting rooms. 

 

What is the maximum capacity of the Expo Center?

Downstairs: 1,800 chairs set up only, 800 table and chair set up, 1,800 theater style set up.

Upstairs: 40-88 banquet style, 30-75 classroom style, 40–120 theater style

**These numbers depend on which room you choose.   

 

Does the Expo Center have AV equipment available to use?

 Yes, the three large room upstairs all have ceiling mounted projectors and screens in each room. The downstairs area offers two, 9 x 12 screens with projectors that can be reserved for an additional fee for your event.  

 

Is Wi-Fi provided on your facility grounds? 

Yes, we provide Wi-Fi “free of charge” to the entire facility. That includes all grounds as well as in the buildings. 

 

Do you have on-site parking and is there a charge?

Yes, there are two main parking lots for conference center parking. Exhibit hall parking is located within walking distance to both barn areas, RV parking is available in the RV park area as well as overflow parking if needed on site. Handicapped parking is available for conference center events. RV parking is $25 per night for all hook-ups.

 

Do you offer catering and concession services?

Yes. Food and Beverage services can be organized through our events department. Different options will be available depending on the services needed.

Can we bring in our own catering or alcohol?

The Heart of Oklahoma Expo maintains a full mixed beverage license and will provide all alcohol services. Any outside alcohol for sale or consumption is prohibited and may be removed by Expo Staff. Other outside food and beverage services must be specifically approved by and organized with our Events Director and management. 

 

Am I allowed to bring in outside food and beverages?

We offer a variety of catering options and menus. Please contact us directly at (405) 275-7020. Outside food is not permitted in our buildings or dining areas during events. 

 

Is there a kitchen area that is included with my building rental? 

No, we do not rent out the use of our kitchen facilities on grounds, they are utilized by staff only. 

 

Is there a dining area?

Yes, both exhibit halls are equipped with dining areas which seat between 30 and 50 people. The conference center can be set for formal sit-down meals, buffet style events or concession areas as well.

How do I find out if an event is booked at the facility?

All events are listed on the Calendar of Events page. If it is a public event there will be a contact person’s name and telephone number to contact regarding questions about the event, times, admission, etc.   

 

Are there employment opportunities available? 

We are employed by the Spectra who manages the Expo. We occasionally have temporary work available and Express Personnel Services is used to fill those slots. 

 

Do you supply any decorations for my event?

No, we do not supply decorations, however we furnish tables and chairs. Linens are available with catering ONLY if needed. For an additional charge, you may rent linens with Bob McNeil, (405) 808-9023.

 

Do you have any rules regarding decorating rooms in the conference center?

No thumbtacks may be used to secure anything to the walls and duct tape is not permitted on the walls or flooring as it leaves residue behind. Fishing line, white sticky tack (ONLY) and painters’ tape are all permitted. Easels also work well for displays. Candles must be in a glass container and the flame must be one inch below the top of the container. Fog machines are not allowed as they trigger the alarm system.

 

How many people fit at a banquet table?

8-foot tables = 8 people OR 5-foot rounds = 8 people 

 

Do you have a dance floor? What is the size?

We have a portable dance floor that can be built up to 60 x 60. 

 

When can we have access to the room for set up and decorating? 

Please contact the Expo Center staff to find out when your event space will be set and ready for you to come in to decorate. Most times it is the day prior to the event depending on scheduling. 

 

Can I have my event on a major holiday or major holiday weekend? (Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Eve or Day, New Year’s Eve or Day)

Yes, we charge an additional $500 room rental fee for holidays or holiday weekends.

Heart of Oklahoma Expo Center
1700 W. Independence Street

Shawnee, Oklahoma 74804
P: (405) 275-7020 • Toll Free: (800) 762-7695 • F: (405) 878-7000

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