The grand ballroom in the newly-constructed Embassy Suites by Hilton and Red Wolf Convention Center in Jonesboro will be the Arvest Ballroom when the hotel opens in November.
Arvest Bank secured the naming rights of the almost 15,000 square foot space for the next 17 years in an agreement with O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC. The Arvest Ballroom can accommodate up to 1,500 guests and may be partitioned off to create seven individual meeting spaces.
The addition of Red Wolf Convention Center creates a third major meeting and event venue adjacent to the Arkansas State University campus. It is the second-largest meeting space, and the only true ballroom space, in Jonesboro.
“Jonesboro continues to flourish as a regional destination for entertainment events, and certainly university-related activities, and we look forward to hosting guests in this beautiful new space,” said Kevin Hufstedler, community bank president of Arvest Bank in Jonesboro.
“We are proud to partner with Arvest Bank as our Red Wolf Convention Center ballroom naming sponsor. Arvest’s great reputation for excellence in business and banking will be a real asset to the image and reputation of our facility,” said Tim O’Reilly CEO of O’Reilly Hospitality Management, LLC, and managing member of the facilities’ ownership group.
“As a new business member of the Jonesboro community, we are grateful for the opportunity to work with the O’Reilly Management team, which manages outstanding properties nationwide,” said Jim Cargill, president and CEO of Arvest Bank in central, northeast and southwest Arkansas. “It’s an honor for us to be a part of this new venue that will be a great asset to the university, students, their families and out-of-state guests.”
O’Reilly Hospitality Management anticipates that more than 25,000 guests will attend events in Red Wolf Convention Center during the first year. The all-suite hotel consists of 203 suites, an on-site restaurant, on-site catering featuring food prepared by a professionally trained chef, indoor pool and fitness center. Event and meeting space can accommodate 200 trade show booths.
The hotel and convention center is located on the campus of Arkansas State University at 223 Red Wolf Blvd., adjacent to ASU’s sports facilities.