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The Central Boathouse is one of the University of Central Oklahoma and the Oklahoma City metro's newest attractions, beautifully placed on the Oklahoma River in the Oklahoma City Boathouse District.
UCO prides itself on being the leading metropolitan university and aligning with the boathouse district and the arts movement in the metro was the perfect fit.
Built with the intention of supporting and housing the UCO Women’s Rowing Team, it has become so much more. It is "Where Art Meets the River," with the inclusion of an art gallery, a musical and live performance stage, an outside water stage and private conference room. The disciplines of art and rowing are similar and portray everything that Central represents.
The state-of-the-art facility houses numerous impressive pieces of art in the Martha Burger Art Gallery; can host a variety of artists, events and audiences in the MidFirst Performance Hall; and, is home to the UCO Women's Rowing team.
The 18,000-square-foot facility features offices, reception, concessions, green room, conference space, boat bay and erg space/team fitness space. The MidFirst Bank Water Stage is also located on the waterfront to the east of the facility.
The building was designed by Rand Elliott with Elliott & Associates with a focus of rhythm, flow and movement. The MidFirst Performance Hall is as unique as it gets, designed for the room to be tuned to different acoustics depending on the event.
Events on the River
The MidFirst Performance Hall allows parties to use the facility in a variety of ways. From weddings to retreats to concerts, this space can accommodate almost anyone with its breathtaking view and beautiful layout.
Outdoor use is also possible at the MidFirst Bank Water Stage, located just east of the facility on the water by the boat dock.
From weddings to retreats to concerts, this space can accommodate almost anyone with its breathtaking view and beautiful layout. Outdoor use also is possible at the MidFirst Bank Water Stage, located just east of the facility on the water by the boat dock.
The UCO Women's Rowing team was established in 2008 and has already left its mark on the university as a quality athletic program. The Bronchos have won the San Diego Crew Classic, medalled at the Dad Vail Regatta and have been ranked as high as third nationally. The Bronchos have also had six all-Americans since 2011-12, as well as several Collegiate Rowing Coaches Association Scholar-Athletes.
In spring 2015, the UCO Women’s Rowing team was selected to attend the NCAA National Championships and came in fourth place, a mighty achievement for these talented and scholarly women. The UCO Rowing team also participated in the annual Regatta held at the Boathouse District and hosted three other teams at the Central boathouse.
This incredible facility is Central’s home on the water and accommodates all of UCO’s rowing needs. Equipped with enough boat bay storage for Central’s rowing shell needs, an upstairs erg room, training room, locker rooms, coaches’ office and meeting spaces, Central’s facility is a world-class home for the rowing team.