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The BOK Center, or Bank of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Center, is a 19,199-seat multi-purpose arena and a primary indoor sports and event venue in Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States. Designed to accommodate arena football, hockey, basketball, concerts, and similar events, the facility was built at a cost of $178 million in public funds and $18 million in privately funded upgrades. Ground was broken on August 31, 2005 and a ribbon-cutting ceremony involving Tulsa musicians Garth Brooks and Hanson took place on August 30, 2008.[10] The arena's schedule of concerts and other events began on August 31 with a community choir hosted by Sam Harris.[11] Designed by César Pelli, the architect of the Petronas Towers
Petronas Towers
in Malaysia, the BOK Center
BOK Center
is the flagship project of Tulsa County's Vision 2025 long-range development initiative. Local firm, Matrix Architects Engineers Planners, Inc, is the architect and engineer of record.[12] The arena is managed and operated by SMG and named for the Bank of Oklahoma, which purchased naming rights for $11 million.[13] The only current permanent tenant is the Tulsa Oilers
Tulsa Oilers
of the ECHL.The BOK Center
BOK Center
was the former home of the Tulsa Shock
Tulsa Shock
of the Women's National Basketball
Basketball
Association[14] and the Tulsa Talons
Tulsa Talons
of the Arena Football League. The facility will also host NBA
NBA
preseason games and college basketball matchups on a regular basis and seek to attract national and regional sporting tournaments.

Contents

1 Design

1.1 Amenities

2 Ownership and management 3 History

3.1 Event history 3.2 Awards 3.3 Notable event facts 3.4 Events

4 Impact and reception 5 Transportation 6 References 7 External links

Design[edit]

The arena's main lobby. Terrazzo
Terrazzo
flooring features Native American artwork.

Tulsa city officials asked César Pelli
César Pelli
to create an arena that would be an architectural icon.[15][16] To achieve this, Pelli employed cultural and architectural themes of the city, including Native American, art deco, and contemporary styles.[17] He made heavy use of swirling circular elements in the exterior and interior designs of the building.[18] A 103-foot (31 m), 600-foot (180 m) long iconic glass facade featuring 1,600 350-pound (160 kg) panels wrap around the building in an escalating motion leaning at a five-degree angle. 33,000 stainless steel panels produced and installed by Zahner
Zahner
continue the upward spiraling path around the circumference of the structure.[19][20] The interior follows the motion, with grand staircases that wrap around a portion of the building from the main lobby. In total, the building's design required 350,000 square feet (33,000 m2) of exterior stainless steel panels, 75,000 square feet (7,000 m2) of glass, 30,000 cubic yards (23,000 m3) of concrete, and 4,000 tons of structural steel.[1] The arena encompasses 565,000 square feet (52,500 m2) and reaches a maximum height of 134 feet (41 m). Inside, the bowl area's ceiling rests 120 feet (37 m) over the base floor and a 930-foot (280 m)-long HD ribbon screen wraps around the three-level seating area. There are 17,343 fixed seats, each ranging from 20 inches (51 cm) to 22 inches (56 cm) wide—an average width greater than the industry standard, including that of Chesapeake Energy Arena
Arena
in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City.[1] Actual capacity fluctuates with configuration patterns, and total seating can vary from 13,644 to 19,199—13,644 for partial-use concerts, 16,582 for arena football, 17,096 for hockey, 17,839 for basketball, and 19,199 for center stage concerts.[2] The bowl area's second floor, an exclusive carpeted level with a complete bar, houses press areas and 37 luxury suites, each with 15 22-inch (56 cm) seats and furnished gathering and kitchen areas. In the main concourse, more than 130,000 square feet (12,000 m2) of terrazzo flooring has aggregate that contains 70% mother of pearl.[1] Private funding exceeded original forecasts, and unexpected increases in revenue from corporate sponsorships, donations, and purchases of box seats and luxury boxes paid for an advanced light display for the glass wall that wraps around the front of the building and the scoreboard.[21]

The BOK Center's 30-by-33-foot (9.1 m × 10.1 m) scoreboard was funded with $3.6 million in private donations.

Amenities[edit] The BOK Center
BOK Center
holds 37 public restrooms—12 men’s restrooms, 16 women’s restrooms, and 9 family restrooms—with 300 toilets and urinals.[1] Dressing rooms with wooden lockers, hydrotherapy and workout rooms, a players lounge, locker rooms for game officials, and office space for coaches, trainers, and equipment managers are also located within the building.[22] The arena's hanging scoreboard, considered one of the most advanced in the country, is suspended above the arena floor and measures 50,000 pounds (23,000 kg) and 30 by 33 feet (9.1 m × 10.1 m), making use of four 8 by 14 feet (2.4 m × 4.3 m) HD screens, four 8 by 8 feet (2.4 m × 2.4 m) HD screens, a wrap-around 9-foot (2.7 m) HD screen, and another 3-foot (0.91 m) wrap-around HD screen. Designed by Forty Forty Agency and manufactured by Daktronics, the project received $3.6 million in private donations, with some funds going toward an advanced video recording system.[21] There are 14 concession outlets, seven of which belong to Tulsa-area restaurants that supplement typical arena food. Restaurant branches within the building are Billy's On the Square (American fast-casual), Mazzio's, Papa John's, Doc Popcorn, and The Dog House (hot dogs). General concessions serve Mexican food
Mexican food
at Wholly Tacomoli, stuffed pretzels and hot dogs at Backstage, gourmet hot dogs at Frank's, chicken tender baskets and baked potatoes at Fuel and chicken sandwiches and veggie burgers at Roadie's Grill. Nearly $1.5 million was allocated to artwork within the building in light of a city ordinance mandating that at least 1% of construction costs for any municipal project be used for public art. Tulsa's Arts Commission selected five artists out of nearly 300 applicants to decorate the interior of the building with the intention of capturing the spirit of the city and state. Of their pieces, the largest is a cloud-like cloth sculpture designed by Kendell Buster that weighs 5,000 pounds (2,300 kg) and hangs above the main concourse. Four 22-foot (6.7 m) Native American medallions designed by Bill and Demos Glass decorate the main concourse floor, along with a series of 25 paintings of tallgrass prairie landscapes created by Mark Lewis that adorn a wall on the main lobby's third level. A 9 by 24 feet (2.7 m × 7.3 m) black-and-white painting of rearing horses created by Joe Andoe hangs on a wall near a concession stand on the north side of the building,[23] and a light display created by Jenny Holzer
Jenny Holzer
is also within the arena.[16] Ownership and management[edit] The city of Tulsa owns the arena but has a five-year management contract worth $950,000 with SMG property management, the largest arena manager in the world. SMG, which also manages the nearby Cox Business Center in addition to Chesapeake Energy Arena
Arena
and Cox Convention Center in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City, employs more than 70 full-time workers and 400 part-time workers in Tulsa and assumes the building's annual operations cost of $6,267,752. The current General Manager is Jeff Nickler. History[edit]

A public open house on August 30, 2008 served as the arena's opening event.

A campaign promise by former Tulsa mayor Bill LaFortune to hold a municipal planning conference was fulfilled within months of taking office in 2002. Although voters rejected tax packages for arenas in 1997 and 2000, a third plan for a downtown arena was the brainchild of the conference, along with dozens of other projects throughout Tulsa County, including a renovation of the nearby Tulsa Convention Center costing $42 million. Vision 2025, a tax initiative increasing sales taxes by six-tenths of a cent over 13 years, was approved by voters in September 2003. Pelli's design was released in September 2004 and construction began in August 2005.[24] Tulsa Vision Builders, a joint project of Tulsa-based Flintco and Manhattan Construction, was chosen to build the arena.[25] Its original budget was deemed $141 million, but increases in the cost of structural steel, concrete, and labor due to Hurricane Katrina
Hurricane Katrina
and a robust local economy pushed the cost to $178 million in 2006.[26][27] An additional $18 million in private funding was used in miscellaneous upgrades, bringing the total cost of the arena to $196 million.[3] Event history[edit] The first announced concert was on September 6, 2008 and featured the Eagles. Since its grand opening, the BOK Center
BOK Center
has hosted many big-name acts such as Paul McCartney, Billy Joel, Elton John, Britney Spears, Janet Jackson, Lady Gaga, Kenny Chesney, Bruce Springsteen, Twenty-One Pilots, AC/DC, Metallica, Nine Inch Nails, Celine Dion, Taylor Swift, Brad Paisley, Dane Cook, Jonas Brothers, The Weeknd, and Panic! At The Disco. The Eagles also scheduled a rare second performance at the BOK Center
BOK Center
after their first concert sold out in 35 minutes.[28] In late 2008, BOK Center
BOK Center
General Manager John Bolton was given Venues Today's "Hall of Headlines" award after a poll of venue managers, owners, operators and bookers determined that Bolton had the highest level of success in booking high-quality performances among international venues in 2008.[29] On October 13, 2008, the NBA's Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City Thunder played the Houston Rockets
Houston Rockets
in its first preseason game since leaving Seattle for Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and was the first major sporting event at the BOK Center.[30] As of August 2008, the Thunder was seeking to play preseason games annually in Tulsa, although the number of games had not been determined.[31] The next Thunder preseason game will take place on October 3, 2017, against the Houston
Houston
Rockets. The BOK Center
BOK Center
is home to one minor league professional sports team, the Tulsa Oilers
Tulsa Oilers
ice hockey team of the ECHL. The arena was formerly the home of the Tulsa Talons
Tulsa Talons
Arena Football League
Arena Football League
team from 2009 (while they were in the af2) to 2011. Also, the Tulsa Shock
Tulsa Shock
of the Women's National Basketball
Basketball
Association, previously known as the Detroit Shock,[14] played all play their home games at the BOK Center from 2010 to 2015 before relocating to Dallas-Ft. Worth. In its short existence, the arena has scored two notable opportunities to host men's college basketball games, the first being in March 2010, as the Conference USA Men's Basketball
Basketball
Tournament was held there. BOK Center later hosted second and third-round games in the NCAA Men's Division I Basketball
Basketball
Championship on March 18 and 20, 2011. The Professional Bull Riders
Professional Bull Riders
began hosting Built Ford Tough Series events at the BOK Center
BOK Center
in 2009, after having previously occupied the Tulsa Convention Center. BOK Center
BOK Center
hosted two big-name events in September 2011; Katy Perry's California Dreams Tour
California Dreams Tour
September 17 and Taylor Swift's Speak Now World Tour September 21. Awards[edit] 2008:

New Concert Venue of the Year – Nominated by Pollstar Magazine Facility Executive of the Year (John Bolton)– Nominated by Pollstar Magazine Hall of Headlines Award for Top Arena
Arena
Bookings (John Bolton) – Awarded by Venues Today Magazine Hall of Headlines Nomination for Top Arena
Arena
Marketing (Casey Sparks)– Nominated by Venues Today Magazine

2009:

“Venue of the Year” Nominee - by the Academy of Country Music “Venue of the Year” nominee – Pollstar “Venue of the Year” nominee – IEBA Facility Executive of the Year (John Bolton) – Nominated by Pollstar Magazine Prime Site Award – Awarded by Facilities Magazine Excellence in Construction Award – Awarded by Associated Builders and Construction Hall of Headlines Nomination for Top Arena
Arena
Bookings (Jerry Goldman)– Venues Today Magazine Hall of Headlines Nomination for Top Arena
Arena
Marketing (Casey Sparks) – Venues Today Magazine #2 Arena
Arena
in USA for ticket sales – First Quarter Pollstar Magazine #9 in the US for ticket sales – Mid Year 2009 Pollstar #5 in the United States and #14 in World – Pollstar 3rd Quarter #8 in the US and #20 in the World for ticket sales – Pollstar Absolute Best of Tulsa - Urban Tulsa Weekly

2010:

#9 in US, #24 in World for ticket sales – Pollstar Mid-Year Movers and Shakers of the Decade – Tulsa World Best Concert Venue – Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine Computerworld Honors Program Nominee for Technology #5 in US/ #15 in World – Pollstar 3rd Quarter Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Concert Venue “Venue of the Year” nominee – Pollstar “Venue of the Year” Nominee - by the Academy of Country Music #10 in US/#23 in World – Pollstar Year End

2011:

2011 Box Office Stars (Sharon Dunaway) – Venues Today magazine Tulsa City Council Special
Special
Proclamation in Recognition of Outstanding Service #9 in US/#27 World – Pollstar 1st Quarter IAVM Venue Excellence Award Winner Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine – Best Local Icon & Best Concert Venue IEBA Venue Executive of the Year (John Bolton) #20 in US/#41 World – Pollstar 3rd Quarter Venues Today Hall of Headlines Nominee for Marketing (Jeff Nickler & Kari Goins) Venues Today Hall of Headlines Nominee for Concessions (Kelly Mott & Chef Levine) Venues Today Hall of Headlines Nominee for Bookings (John Bolton & Jerry Goldman) Tulsa Business Journal Men of Distinction (John Bolton) Tulsa Young Professionals – Social Igniter Award (John Bolton) Pollstar Magazine Facility Executive of the Year Winner (John Bolton) 2011 “Venue of the Year” nominee – The Academy of Country Music 2011 “Venue of the Year” nominee – Pollstar

2012:

Jerry Goldman – Named to Tulsa Business Journal’s Class of Top 40 Under 40 Jeff Nickler – Named to Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Class of Top 40 Under 40 Venues Today Generation Next Nominees – Jeff Nickler & Paige Reese Pollstar 1Q rankings - #15 in US/#37 Worldwide Venues Today Generation Next Reader’s Choice Award Winner – Jeff Nickler Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Local Icon/Landmark Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Concert Venue Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Place to See and Be Seen Pollstar 3Q rankings - #13 in US/#36 Worldwide Venues Today Social Media Power Ranking - #16 in US “Venue of the Year” nominee – by The Academy of Country Music “Venue of the Year” nominee – Pollstar

2013:

Venues Today Hall of Headline Winners Booking – John Bolton and Jeff Nickler Oklahoman of the Year – John Bolton #13 Ranked Venue in Pollstar #3 Highest Grossing Midwest Venue by Venues Today “Venue of the Year” nominee – by The Academy of Country Music “Venue of the Year” nominee - Pollstar

2014:

Venues Today Generation Next Nominees – John Dodd and Kelly Ortiz #1 Top Stop in the Midwest by Venues Today “Venue of the Year” nominee – by The Academy of Country Music “Venue of the Year” nominee – by IEBA Venue Executive of the Year nominee by IEBA – John Bolton Rookie of the Year nominee by IEBA – Michael Owens Tulsa Young Professionals Boomtown Award “The People People” – Jeff Nickler Venues Today Hall of Headlines Nominees – Jeff Nickler, Michael Owens, John Dodd, Evan Falat

2015:

Venues Today Generation Next Winner – Casey Sparks Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Live Music Venue Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Event Center Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Performing Arts Venue #1 Top Stop in the Midwest by Venues Today IAVM’s Venue Education Award (SMG Tulsa) IAVM Foundation’s Inaugural 30 Under 30: Michael Owens, Nathaniel Porter Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Concert Venue Oklahoma
Oklahoma
Magazine’s Best Local Icon/Landmark “Venue of the Year” nominee – IEBA Jeff Nickler - “Venue Executive of the Year” nominee – IEBA Michael Owens – “Rookie of the Year” nominee – IEBA Tulsa World
Tulsa World
‘Best in the World’ Live Entertainment Venue (Large) Venues Today Hall of Headlines nomination – Ops & Tech – Casey Sparks + John Dodd Venues Today Hall of Headlines nomination – Marketing – Meghan Doyle Venues Today Hall of Headlines nomination – Bookings – Jeff Nickler + Michael Owens Venues Today Hall of Headlines nomination – Concessions – Kelly Ortiz + Chaning Queen Top Inclusive Workplace Cultures – Mosaic, Tulsa’s Regional Chamber’s diversity business council Pollstar Year End: #26 in the United States & Top ranked SMG arena in the United States

2016:

Pollstar 1Q: #12 in the United States & #32 in the world & Top ranked SMG arena in the United States Best Large Music Venue (winner): Tulsa Voice Best All-Ages Music Venue (finalist): Tulsa Voice Best Event Center: Tulsa People Best Live Music Venue: Tulsa People Best Performing Arts Venue: Tulsa People Pollstar Mid-Year: #13 in the United States & #36 in the world Tulsa World
Tulsa World
'Best in the World' - Live Entertainment Venue Large Category Arena
Arena
of the Year - International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA)

Notable event facts[edit] Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
performed on August 17, 2009. The event launched the "One Year Birthday" celebration of the venue. The stop in Tulsa was McCartney's first in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
since 2002 and was the only arena show of his 2009 Summer Tour. McCartney also played at the venue on May 29 and 30, 2013 as part of his brand new tour, Out There! Tour. Events[edit]

Eagles: September 6, 2008[32] Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney
September 10, 2008 American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008
American Idols LIVE! Tour 2008
September 13, 2008 Get Motivated Seminar September 22, 2008 Neil Diamond
Neil Diamond
October 21, 2008 Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
October 26, 2008 Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns
Christmas Celebration November 20, 2008 AC/DC
AC/DC
January 26, 2009 Celine Dion
Celine Dion
Taking Chances World Tour
Taking Chances World Tour
February 2, 2009 Larry The Cable Guy
Larry The Cable Guy
February 13, 2009 Jonas Brothers
Jonas Brothers
June 22, 2009 Aerosmith
Aerosmith
July 30, 2009 The Wiggles
The Wiggles
August 7, 2009 Paul McCartney
Paul McCartney
August 17, 2009[33] Britney Spears
Britney Spears
September 15, 2009 Taylor Swift
Taylor Swift
September 27, 2009 Miley Cyrus
Miley Cyrus
October 12, 2009 George Strait
George Strait
& Reba McEntire: February 20, 2010[34] Bon Jovi
Bon Jovi
on April 13, 2010 during The Circle Tour Nickelback: April 24, 2010[35] Brooks & Dunn: May 28, 2010[36] Justin Bieber: July 6, 2010[37] Lady Gaga: April 4, 2011; The Monster Ball Tour Katy Perry
Katy Perry
California Dreams Tour
California Dreams Tour
September 11, 2011 Taylor Swift: September 21, 2011; Speak Now World Tour Big Time Rush
Big Time Rush
Big Time Summer Tour July 13, 2012; The Wiggles
The Wiggles
Celebration Tour July 25, 2012 Justin Bieber: January 9, 2013; The Believe (North American) Tour Kid Rock
Kid Rock
February 9, 2013; Rebel Soul Tour Maroon 5
Maroon 5
The Overexposed Tour March 22, 2013; Styx, Reo Speedwagon
Reo Speedwagon
and Ted Nugent
Ted Nugent
May 8, 2014 Paul McCartney: May 29 & 30, 2013; Out There! Tour Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton
The Ten Times Crazier Tour October 4, 2013; Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
The 20/20 Experience World Tour
The 20/20 Experience World Tour
November 21, 2013 Tobymac
Tobymac
Hits Deep Tour December 12, 2013; Imagine Dragons: February 22, 2014; Into the Night Tour Miley Cyrus: March 13, 2014; Bangerz Tour Cher: March 29, 2014; D2K Tour George Strait
George Strait
with Ronnie Dunn: April 19, 2014; The Cowboy Rides Away Tour Dave Matthews Band: May 21, 2014; DMB 2014 Summer Tour Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
Moonshine Jungle Tour June 4, 2014; Mötley Crüe
Mötley Crüe
July 13, 2014; Final Tour Michael Bublé
Michael Bublé
August 1, 2014; To Be Loved Tour OneRepublic
OneRepublic
Native Summer Tour
Native Summer Tour
August 28, 2014; Kiss and Def Leppard
Def Leppard
August 29, 2014 Brantley Gilbert
Brantley Gilbert
September 20, 2014 Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato
Demi World Tour
Demi World Tour
September 21, 2014; One Direction
One Direction
Where We Are Tour: September 23, 2014 Lecrae
Lecrae
October 2, 2014 Katy Perry
Katy Perry
Prismatic World Tour
Prismatic World Tour
October 6, 2014; Pearl Jam
Pearl Jam
October 9, 2014 Eric Church
Eric Church
The Outsiders World Tour November 1, 2014; Casting Crowns
Casting Crowns
Thrive Tour November 22, 2014; The Black Keys
The Black Keys
The Turn Blue World Tour December 20, 2014 Sesame Street Live Garth Brooks
Garth Brooks
and Trisha Yearwood: January 9, 10, 11, 15, 16 and 17, 2015; World Tour Nickelback: April 7, 2015; No Fixed Address World Tour Jason Aldean
Jason Aldean
April 10, 2015 Joel Osteen
Joel Osteen
April 24, 2015 Fluffy April 25, 2015 Rush May 8, 2015 Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
x Tour May 9, 2015 Kenny Chesney
Kenny Chesney
May 14, 2015 Nitro Circus Live
Nitro Circus Live
May 21, 2015 Luke Bryan
Luke Bryan
Kick the Dust Up Tour
Kick the Dust Up Tour
June 18, 2015 Fall Out Boy
Fall Out Boy
July 22, 2015 Hillsong United
Hillsong United
Outcry Tour August 5, 2015 The Price is Right Live September 20, 2015 Florida Georgia Line
Florida Georgia Line
September 25, 2015 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
The Honeymoon Tour
The Honeymoon Tour
October 7, 2015 Def Leppard, Foreigner and Tesla: October 9, 2015 Chris Tomlin
Chris Tomlin
October 25, 2015 TobyMac December 6, 2015 Madonna Rebel Heart Tour
Rebel Heart Tour
January 14, 2016 Tool (band)
Tool (band)
January 16, 2016 Harlem Globetrotters February 5 & 7, 2016 Iron Maiden
Iron Maiden
February 26, 2016 Brad Paisley
Brad Paisley
February 27, 2016 Bassmaster Classic March 4–6, 2016 Rodney Carrington March 11, 2016 Winter Jam March 13, 2016 Sesame Street Live
Sesame Street Live
April 1 & 2, 2016 Zac Brown Band April 3, 2016 Mumford & Sons April 6, 2016 Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber
Purpose World Tour
Purpose World Tour
April 7, 2016 Outcry April 14, 2016 Barry Manilow April 15, 2016 Amy Schumer April 16, 2016 Carrie Underwood
Carrie Underwood
Storyteller Tour: Stories in the Round April 27, 2016 The 1975 May 4, 2016 Jeff Dunham May 6, 2016 Pentatonix
Pentatonix
May 7, 2016 WWE Live June 4, 2016 Wingapalooza June 11, 2016 Selena Gomez
Selena Gomez
Revival Tour
Revival Tour
June 19, 2016 James Taylor June 24, 2016 Modest Mouse with Brand New July 21, 2016 Shinedown July 27, 2016 Jim Gaffigan July 30, 2016 Dolly Parton
Dolly Parton
August 12, 2016 5 Seconds of Summer
5 Seconds of Summer
Sounds Live Feels Live World Tour August 18, 2016 Coldplay A Head Full of Dreams Tour
A Head Full of Dreams Tour
August 25, 2016 Professional Bull Riders
Professional Bull Riders
August 27 & 28, 2016 Dixie Chicks September 8, 2016 I Love The 90's September 9, 2016 Mother Road Revival featuring Jason Isbell September 10, 2016 Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City Thunder vs. Memphis Grizzlies October 13, 2016 Black Sabbath The End Tour
The End Tour
November 8, 2016 Billy Joel
Billy Joel
November 11, 2016 Trans-Siberian Orchestra December 1, 2016 Amy Grant & Michael W. Smith December 3, 2016 Monster Jam January 7 & 8, 2017 Red Hot Chili Peppers January 14, 2017 Cirque du Soleil OVO January 25–29, 2017 Eric Church
Eric Church
Holdin' My Own Tour February 2, 2017 Ariana Grande
Ariana Grande
Dangerous Woman Tour
Dangerous Woman Tour
February 9, 2017 Twenty One Pilots
Twenty One Pilots
Emotional Roadshow World Tour
Emotional Roadshow World Tour
February 21, 2017 NCAA D1 Men's Baskebatball Championship First/Second Rounds March 17 & 19, 2017 Panic! at the Disco
Panic! at the Disco
Death of a Bachelor Tour
Death of a Bachelor Tour
April 4, 2017 Ed Sheeran
Ed Sheeran
÷ Tour
÷ Tour
August 17, 2017 Janet Jackson
Janet Jackson
State of the World Tour
State of the World Tour
September 17, 2017 Kidz Bop
Kidz Bop
October 14, 2017 The Weeknd
The Weeknd
Starboy: Legend of the Fall Tour October 21, 2017 Guns N' Roses
Guns N' Roses
Not in This Lifetime... Tour
Not in This Lifetime... Tour
November 14, 2017 Katy Perry
Katy Perry
Witness: The Tour November 29, 2017 Kid Rock
Kid Rock
February 2, 2018 Blake Shelton
Blake Shelton
February 15, 2018 P!nk
P!nk
Beautiful Trauma Tour
Beautiful Trauma Tour
March 5, 2018 Judas Priest
Judas Priest
April 26, 2018 U2 May 2, 2018 Justin Timberlake
Justin Timberlake
Man of the Woods Tour
Man of the Woods Tour
May 5, 2018 Willie Nelson
Willie Nelson
May 16, 2018 Depeche Mode
Depeche Mode
Global Spirit Tour
Global Spirit Tour
May 29, 2018 George Strait
George Strait
Strait Down Route 66 June 2, 2018 Lorde
Lorde
Melodrama World Tour
Melodrama World Tour
March 21, 2018 Niall Horan
Niall Horan
Flicker World Tour
Flicker World Tour
July 28, 2018 Imagine Dragons
Imagine Dragons
August 1, 2018 Chris Young September 15, 2018 Bruno Mars
Bruno Mars
Cardi B
Cardi B
24K Magic World Tour
24K Magic World Tour
October 11 and 12, 2018 Kevin Hart
Kevin Hart
October 28, 2018 Metallica
Metallica
January 18, 2019 Elton John
Elton John
February 9, 2019

Impact and reception[edit]

The BOK Center's iconic main entrance

Tulsa's downtown was the site of projects anchored by BOK Center, including a $42 million renovation of the Tulsa Convention Center, a $20 million renovation of downtown streets, a $4 million renovation and expansion of a nearby parking garage, streetscape improvements, and art deco-style signs directing visitors to parking garages, public buildings, specialty districts, and entertainment venues.[38] The arena is expected to host 148 major and minor events in its first year, which are anticipated to generate $1.5 million in tax revenue[39] and $92 million in economic impact.[40] SMG is expected to earn $6,553,250 in revenue, giving it a $285,498 annual profit.[39] In its first four months of operation, BOK Center's ticket sales were nearly enough to reach Venues Today's top 20 worldwide rankings for total ticket sales in 2008 among venues seating 15,001-30,000. The arena reached $20 million in sales in 2008 and is projected to surpass at least $30 million in 2009, which would put it within the top 15 worldwide in sales according to the 2008 rankings.[41] The arena won Facilities Magazine's Prime Site Award in 2008, which is based on opinions from representatives in the site selection industry, booking agents, promoters, talent buyers, and special event planners, who judge based on location, functionality, technical capabilities, quality of staff, food and beverage, lighting, sound, and staging.[42] The arena was also one of four venues nominated for Pollstar's 2008 "Best New Major Concert Venue" award, which is set to be decided in January 2009.[43] In its first three months of operation, the facility was featured or set to be featured in at least four major venue publications,[44] including Venues Today, which gave its 2008 "Hall of Headlines" award to BOK Center
BOK Center
manager John Bolton after a poll of venue managers, owners, operators and bookers determined that Bolton had the highest level of success worldwide in booking high-quality performances in 2008.[29] In late 2008, a survey of BOK Center visitors found that 96.7% felt the building's overall impression, staff, concessions, merchandise, and traffic flow were favorable.[44] The flowing design and acoustic properties of BOK Center
BOK Center
have been praised by Tulsa Vision Builders, Tulsa city officials, and Garth Brooks. Officials from Flintco and Manhattan Construction have called the BOK Center
BOK Center
one of the best architectural designs in their 100-year histories of building projects. The companies have worked on AT&T Stadium, Reliant Stadium
Reliant Stadium
in Houston, Texas, Gallagher-Iba Arena
Arena
at Oklahoma
Oklahoma
State University, Chesapeake Energy Arena
Arena
in Oklahoma
Oklahoma
City, the FedEx Forum
FedEx Forum
in Memphis, Tennessee, and stadium renovations at the University of Oklahoma
Oklahoma
and OSU, among other projects.[25] City officials have praised Pelli for the design,[24] and Brooks, who held a 2007 concert at Kansas City's new Sprint Center, said at the BOK Center's grand opening, "You guys have got (the Sprint Center) beat hands down. It houses as many people, yet it's warm and small. It's as beautiful and grand as any place I've played."[45] Pelli reacted to the arena's completion by saying that it had taken a "life of its own" since he designed the building, but that the results were exciting and impressed him. He said the building has taken a form that pays tribute to Tulsa's art deco, the nearby Arkansas River, and the city's American Indian history, and anticipated that it would be a major catalyst for private development in Tulsa's downtown area.[18] Transportation[edit]

Streets bordering the BOK Center's back entrance are closed to traffic during events.

City officials estimate there are 12,000 parking spaces within a 10-minute walk of the BOK Center
BOK Center
with a city-owned parking garage diagonally across the street from the arena.[46] During major events, Tulsa Transit runs free shuttle bus services to and from the arena and downtown Tulsa.[47] Through a program instituted by the Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau, 50 guides are stationed within dozens of blocks of the arena during major events to help with parking and provide general information about shuttle services, events, and downtown Tulsa.[46]

References[edit]

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Capacity" (pdf). Tulsa World. 2007. Retrieved August 30, 2008.  ^ a b Barber, Brian (August 24, 2008). "Private Money Provided Upgrades". Tulsa World. Retrieved August 30, 2008.  ^ Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis Community Development Project. "Consumer Price Index (estimate) 1800–". Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis. Retrieved January 2, 2018.  ^ a b Projects To Watch In 2008 ^ Thornton Tomasetti
Thornton Tomasetti
- BOK Center ^ "Community Buildings and Attractions". Lancorp Engineering. Retrieved April 23, 2014.  ^ Chancellor, Jennifer (January 12, 2010). " BOK Center
BOK Center
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Franchise history

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Arenas

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Nolan Richardson Teresa Edwards Gary Kloppenburg Fred Williams

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Allner Johnson

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Amway Center
Amway Center
(Orlando, FL) Bon Secours Wellness Arena
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(Greenville, SC) Cool Insuring Arena
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(Glens Falls, NY) DCU Center
DCU Center
(Worcester, MA) Germain Arena
Arena
(Estero, FL) Infinite Energy Arena
Arena
(Duluth, GA) Jacksonville Veterans Memorial Arena
Arena
(Jacksonville, FL) Norfolk Scope
Norfolk Scope
(Norfolk, VA) North Charleston Coliseum
North Charleston Coliseum
(North Charleston, SC) Powerade Centre
Powerade Centre
(Brampton, ON) Santander Arena
Arena
(Reading, PA) SNHU Arena
Arena
(Manchester, NH) WesBanco Arena
Arena
(Wheeling, WV)

Western Conference

Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
Allen County War Memorial Coliseum
(Fort Wayne, IN) Allen Event Center
Allen Event Center
(Allen, TX) BOK Center
BOK Center
(Tulsa, OK) Budweiser Events Center
Budweiser Events Center
(Loveland, CO) CenturyLink Arena
Arena
(Boise, ID) Huntington Center (Toledo, OH) Indiana Farmers Coliseum
Indiana Farmers Coliseum
(Indianapolis, IN) Intrust Bank Arena
Arena
(Wichita, KS) Maverik Center
Maverik Center
(West Valley City, UT) Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
Rushmore Plaza Civic Center
(Rapid City, SD) Silverstein Eye Centers Arena
Arena
(Independence, MO) TaxSlayer Center
TaxSlayer Center
(Moline, IL) U.S. Bank Arena
Arena
(Cincinnati, OH) Wings Event Center
Wings Event Center
(Kalamazoo, MI)

2018–19

Cross Insurance Arena
Arena
(Portland, ME) Mile One Centre
Mile One Centre
(St. John's, NL)

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