The Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel and Conference Center is another popular convention hotel with 283 guest rooms and 50,000 square feet of flexible meeting space. The 28,000-square-foot Oklahoma Ballroom makes up more than half of that space and can be broken down into 10 smaller rooms. Next door, a Holiday Inn Express and Suites has 115 guest rooms, and a new Hampton by Hilton hotel is being built across the street from the Embassy Suites with more than 100 guest rooms. Plans are also in the works for a 124-room Residence Inn in the same area.
The University of Oklahoma campus offers planners plenty of options to saturate their events with Sooners flair. At Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, the Chesapeake Stadium Club can seat up to 500 for banquets, and the Santee Lounge can accommodate seated meals for 400. The Oklahoma Memorial Union has more than 20 event spaces, including a ballroom that can seat up to 350 for dinners or welcome up to 600 for receptions. Groups can also gather at the Catlett Music Center, the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center, the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and many other OU venues.
There’s nothing more distinctive to Norman than the home of the National Weather Center, which offers public tours and can arrange guided group tours. Visitors can observe operations of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration National Severe Storms Laboratory as meteorologists monitor systems, track storms and issue severe weather bulletins. Groups will also see TOTO — the Totable Tornado Observatory — that inspired the creation of the props Dorothy and D.O.T.3 for the 1996 blockbuster film “Twister,” all three of which are on display at the center. During their visit, guests can also grab breakfast or lunch at the Flying Cow Café.
Location: Less than 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City
Access: Will Rogers World Airport, interstates 35 and 40
Major Meeting Spaces: Marriott Hotel and Conference Center at NCED, Embassy Suites by Hilton Norman Hotel and Conference Center
Hotel Rooms: 3,150
Off-Site Venues: University of Oklahoma campus facilities, including Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art, Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, Oklahoma Memorial Union, Catlett Music Center and the Donald W. Reynolds Performing Arts Center