Rowing at Oklahoma City Boathouse

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The Oklahoma River south of downtown Oklahoma City, in partnership with the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation, is an official U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Training Site for rowing and canoe/kayak.

Rowing could be held in downtown Tulsa on the Arkansas River, however, to spotlight and recognize Oklahoma’s contribution to Olympic sport, the Tulsa Games rowing events would be held at The Oklahoma City Boathouse, 106 miles from Tulsa.

The 2016 IOC Candidate city bid package listed a minimum seating capacity of 12,000 seats for rowing, with 550 athletes.

The Atlanta 1996 Olympics Rowing event was held at Lake Lanier, Georgia, 55 miles northeast of Atlanta. The venue had a maximum seat capacity of 17,300 seats, however the high ticket sales were 15,451 seats.  129,048 tickets were sold.

For the Tulsa Games, bleachers would be added along the Oklahoma River to support the minimum seating capacity requirement of 12,000 seats. The 550 athletes and coaches could be accommodated at the University of Central Oklahoma, which has a 1,727 dorm bed capacity.