by Clifton Adcock

Public opinion is split about the location for the new convention center, the most expensive MAPS 3 project, although proximity to Bricktown is key.

A recent poll of likely Oklahoma City voters shows a majority of those surveyed do not support the city owning a hotel that would adjoin the future MAPS 3 convention center.

While likely voters are split about the MAPS 3 convention center’s location, it is important that the site be near Bricktown, according to the poll.

The survey of 303 registered Oklahoma City voters was conducted by SoonerPoll.com and sponsored by Oklahoma Gazette. The poll, conducted by live interviewers via telephone from Dec. 27 to Dec. 29, has a margin of error of plus or minus 5.26 percent.

The poll found that 65.3 percent of respondents are opposed to a city-owned hotel, which would adjoin the future downtown convention center. The poll shows 23.4 percent are in favor of city ownership and 11.2 percent did not respond or did not have an opinion.

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