How many times have you had a conversation sort of like this?
Friend: “Let’s go downtown for (name of said event)!”
You: “Ugh. There’s never any parking down there.”
On the contrary! EMBARK manages a total of 3,821 parking spaces, so there is parking; you just have to know where to look. Read on for your guide to parking in downtown OKC.
Cox Convention Center/Chesapeake Energy Arena
From concerts featuring major headliners to countless Thunder games and other family events, the Chesapeake Energy Arena and Cox Convention Center are hot spots for entertainment downtown with several parking options.
Cox Convention Center
1 Myriad Gardens
The Cox Convention Center parking garage is an obvious choice if there’s availability (pay close attention because it’s sometimes reserved during special events like Thunder games). Entrances to the garage are on South Robinson and South E.K. Gaylord. Clearance on the garage is 7 feet.
The surface lot just east of the venues at South E.K. Gaylord and West Reno Avenue is also close at just a half-block away.
100 W Main St
Century Center parking garage is another great spot for parking and attending an event at the arena or convention center. It’s further away, but the benefit is that you can park in the garage, take the elevator to negative 2 and take the skywalk to the convention center.
Civic Center Music Hall/Arts District
431 W Main St.
For the countless performances and happenings taking place at the Civic Center Music Hall and surrounding Arts District, the Arts District parking garage is your best bet. Entrances are on West Main Street and Colcord Drive.
501 West Sheridan Avenue
You can also use the Sheridan Walker parking garage. After you park, it’s a half-mile to the Civic Center or Oklahoma City Museum of Art.
To catch a movie at the Harkins Bricktown Theater, attend an OKC Dodgers game or visit any of the several attractions in Bricktown, try the surface lot at South E.K. Gaylord and West Reno Avenue. From there, it’s approximately a half mile to the movie theater, the baseball field and several other Bricktown hot spots.
Extra Tip: All garages and surface lots are also great options if you’re going to explore OKC on the OKC Streetcar. Hop onboard the Downtown or Bricktown loops at the nearby platforms.
More to come
Construction on a new parking garage located next to the future Omni Convention Center Hotel and MAPS3 Convention Center will soon begin. The project that will add 1,100 parking spaces is expected to take approximately 12 months.
Event parking in EMBARK garages is typically $10. The facilities are open 24/7. If you’re unable to find parking in any of the garages or surface lots, street parking is usually an option. Parking meters are in effect from 8 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Friday with the exception of major holidays. There is no charge for street parking after 6 p.m. or on weekends!
Now that you know where to park, there’s nothing holding you back from exploring the best that OKC has to offer. Impress your friends with these pro-parking tips, and score some brownie points by offering to drive!
Visit www.parkingokc.com for more information on parking in downtown Oklahoma City.