Celebration Station

Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA

1993 to 2007

When Tulsa's Celebration Station opened in 1993, it was an immediate success, despite the nation's faltering economy and an abundance of family recreation centers in town. Offering more than 100 video games, a miniature golf course, bumper boats, go-carts, batting cages, and two restaurants, as well as a play area for younger children, the location and design of this family fun center was the result of extensive demographic research. Tulsa was found to have an excellent labor pool and many families with children. In fact, this was the first Celebration Station in the chain to have a play area for younger children.

Despite a fatal accident in 1997, where an employee fell into and was crushed by a Typhoon ride (a kiddie sized swinging boat ride), the park continued through December of 2007.

In December of 2007 word came that the property was for sale, and the FEC immediately closed. The rides and equipment were auctioned in January of 2008. In March of 2008 it was revealed that Champak Patel of Sunny Investment Properties, an Oklahoma LLC, purchased the site and the surrounding 8.2 acres, as well as an adjacent Don Pablo's restaurant, to build hotels and other eateries.

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