|(Tulsa, Okla.) January 8, 2016 – BOK Center continues to maintain its reputation as one of the world’s busiest concert arenas. Earlier today Pollstar announced their 2015 Year End Top 200 Arena Venues based on ticket sales and BOK Center finished #26 in the United States, up three spots from #29 in 2014. Despite only being the nation’s 47th largest city based on population, Tulsa’s arena sold more tickets than arenas in larger regional cities including Chicago, Denver, Austin, San Antonio, St. Louis, and New Orleans.
BOK Center was the highest ranked arena managed by SMG, the Philadelphia-based venue operator that manages over 230 facilities, nearly 70 arenas, and over 1.75 million seats worldwide.
“We are fortunate to be in a community that has embraced the arena and continues to buy tickets for every single show” says general manager Jeff Nickler. “We couldn’t have this sustained success without the support of these loyal fans along with the agents and promoters who continue to believe in the Tulsa market.”
Highlights from 2015 include 7 sold-out shows by country music superstar Garth Brooks and the launch of RUSH’s R40 Live 40th Anniversary Tour. In addition, BOK Center hosted 12 of the Pollstar Year End Top 100 worldwide tours including Ed Sheeran, Kenny Chesney, Luke Bryan, Def Leppard, Ariana Grande, Jason Aldean, Miranda Lambert, Cirque du Soleil, Fall Out Boy/Wiz Khalifa and Florida Georgia Line.
The O2 (London) topped the overall rankings and Madison Square Garden (New York) garnered the top United States spot. Several other SMG facilities made the top 200 including Oklahoma City’s Chesapeake Energy Arena (ranked 37th in the United States) and INTRUST Bank Arena in Wichita, Kan. (ranked 34th in the United States).
The rankings are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015. Pollstar totals do not include tenant sport team ticket counts, some family shows, SMG-produced special events, or professional sporting events such as the Oklahoma City Thunder preseason game which drew more than 19,000 guests to BOK Center in October 2015.
Pollstar is a weekly trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry.
As the calendar transitions to a new year, 2016 is poised to be another stellar year for the arena. Next week Madonna makes her first visit ever to the State of Oklahoma and TOOL and Primus play to a sold-out building. Other shows already announced include Iron Maiden, Mumford & Sons, Justin Bieber, Janet Jackson, Carrie Underwood, Brad Paisley, and Selena Gomez.