|Former names||Tulsa Assembly Center|
Tulsa Convention Center
|Location||100 Civic Center|
Tulsa, Oklahoma 74103
|Owner||City of Tulsa|
|Capacity||8,900 (Large Arena)|
|Tulsa Oilers (CPHL/CHL) (1964–1983)|
Tulsa Oilers (CHL) (1992–2008)
Cox Business Center (originally Tulsa Assembly Center and formerly Tulsa Convention Center) is a 8,900-seat multi-purpose arena located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. The civic arena was constructed in 1964 and named for Tulsa Mayor James L. Maxwell who was the driving force behind the planning and start of the venue. With a 102,600 square foot exhibit hall, 23 meeting rooms, an 8,900-seat arena and an executive conference room, the Tulsa Convention Center contains a total of 227,000 square feet of meeting space all under one roof.
In 2013, the Convention Center was renamed Cox Business Center.
In November 2013, the Tulsa Revolution of the Professional Arena Soccer League began play with the Cox Business Center as their home arena. The team relocated to the Expo Square Pavilion in January 2015. The original Tulsa Roughnecks used the building for indoor soccer in 1978.
It was home to the Central Hockey League Tulsa Oilers ice hockey team and to the Tulsa Talons, an af2 arena football team prior to the opening of the new BOK Center in 2008. It was a regular stop for Bill Watts' Mid-South Wrestling and its successor, the Universal Wrestling Federation, until shortly after the UWF's purchase by Jim Crockett Promotions in 1987. It hosted the Missouri Valley Conference men's basketball tournament title game in 1982 and 1984-87. It was also the home to the Tulsa Golden Hurricane basketball team until the program moved to the Reynolds Center in 1998.
The Professional Bull Riders (PBR) hosted a Built Ford Tough Series event at the Convention Center each year between 2005 and 2008; for 2009 and beyond, the event was moved to the BOK Center. Beginning in 2009, the Convention Center was the home arena for the Tulsa 66ers of the NBA Development League until 2012, when the team returned to the SpiritBank Event Center in nearby Bixby. In March 2012, the Oklahoma Defenders of the American Professional Football League played their first game at the arena. The team folded in August 2014.