Positioned on Tulsa’s border, Broken Arrow has long blended with the bigger city, but the addition of a major retail attraction has helped the suburb build an identity of its own.
“For the longest time, Broken Arrow was just considered to be Tulsa, but that is changing with all the growth we have experienced, like the opening of Bass Pro Shops,” said Lori Hill, director of the Broken Arrow Convention and Visitors Bureau.
Since the outdoor retailer opened four years ago, two limited-service hotels have been built nearby. A 193-room Clarion Hotel, with 6,000 square feet of meeting space, is the city’s lone conference property, but another a hotel and conference center is being considered.
Conference space is also available at Northeastern State University at Broken Arrow, a commuter college.
In the meantime, Broken Arrow is attracting some group business.
“We don’t have the facilities to attract the major conventions,” said Hill, “but we are a great overflow community and we are becoming known for youth sports and small meetings.”