Expo Square is dedicating the new and improved Golden Driller Plaza after months of construction around the iconic Tulsa landmark. The 3.4 million dollar project included making the plaza easier to navigate and updating the area around the Golden Driller for the first time in several years.
The plaza will be dedicated at a ceremony at 2 p.m. Thursday and is expected to reopen to the public immediately after.
The project construction began in March 2021 and has finished just ahead of the Tulsa State Fair that begins on September 30. The funding came as a collaborative effort between Tulsa County, Expo Square, and Vision Tulsa.
Expo Square is also highlighting its new naming rights partnership with SageNet by the reveal of naming the front main entrance “SageNet Center."
The modifications include moving the main driving lanes to provide a more efficient entrance and exit, a new overhauled look for the main entrance, and better signage.
Ron Peters, TCPFA Board Chair and Tulsa County Commissioner, stated, “We are very pleased with this opportunity to update the Golden Driller Plaza. One of our main goals with this project is to improve the flow of traffic around the Plaza entrance, while increasing pedestrian safety. The updates will also improve informative signage for visitors and complement the other improvements we have made with Vision Tulsa funding.”
Expo Square officials say these improvements will also make the venue much safer for people attending events.
Tulsa County Commissioner Karen Keith said in part in a statement: “The historic Golden Driller is a Tulsa icon, we are so excited to finally be updating the area around him. This park-like setting will enhance the experience for those who enter our facilities, as well as the many visitors who capture their souvenir photo with the icon.”