|(Tulsa, Okla.) August 21, 2018 – Oklahoma’s marquee concert venue continues to generate national industry recognition. This morning, the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) announced that the Tulsa arena has been nominated for their 2018 “Arena of the Year” award. BOK Center previously won this award in the fall of 2016 and this will be the fourth year for the venue to be nominated for the prestigious industry award that recognizes the top concert arena in the country. Winners will be announced at IEBA’s 48th Annual Conference, which will be held September 30 – October 2, 2018 in Nashville and are voted on by IEBA members.
BOK Center joins a distinguished group of nominees for Arena of the Year including Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL), Golden 1 Center (Sacramento, CA), Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), The O2 (London, UK), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) and T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, NV).
IEBA is one of the leading non-profit trade organizations for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970 and based in Nashville, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry.
“We are so thankful for the concert promoters and agents who continue to believe in the Tulsa market,” said BOK Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. “We have worked hard to bring a compelling line-up of shows to Oklahoma and are fortunate to be in a city that has embraced the venue and fans who continue to purchase tickets in record numbers year after year.”
As the venue celebrates its tenth birthday this year, BOK Center continues to maintain its status as one of the world’s busiest concert arenas. In the Pollstar 2018 Q1 Top 100 Arena Venues based on ticket sales, BOK Center ranked #7 in the United States and #24 in the world. BOK Center was also the highest ranked arena in the Continental United States managed by SMG, the Philadelphia-based venue operator the manages over 230 facilities, nearly 70 arenas and over 1.75 million seats worldwide. The 2018 calendar year has been a blockbuster year in Tulsa so far. In February, Blake Shelton kicked off his North American tour at BOK Center. P!NK, U2, Justin Timberlake, George Strait, The Eagles and Imagine Dragons all stopped in Tulsa and were part of the venue’s anniversary “Ten for Ten” concert series. Rounding out the remainder of the year’s “Ten for Ten” concert series show are Bruno Mars, Metallica and Elton John.