Venue is highest ranked SMG-managed arena in North America
(Tulsa, Okla.) April 7, 2017- BOK Center continues to maintain its status as one of the world’s busiest concert arenas. Earlier today, Pollstar announced their 2017 First Quarter Top 100 Arena Venues based on ticket sales and BOK Center finished #11 in the United States and #35 in the world. BOK Center was also the highest ranked arena in North America managed by SMG, the Philadelphia-based venue operator that manages over 230 facilities, nearly 70 arenas, and over 1.75 million seats worldwide.
“We couldn’t have this sustained success without the support of the loyal fans along with the agents and promoters who continue to believe in the Tulsa market,” said BOK Center General Manager Jeff Nickler. “This honor doesn’t only belong to SMG, but also to our regional ticket buyers, sponsors and corporate partners that have supported this venue from day one.”
The #11 ranking in the United States puts BOK Center right behind Bridgestone Arena (Nashville) who ranked #10 and right in front of Staples Center (Los Angeles) who ranked #12. The Tulsa venue sold more concert tickets than arenas in several larger regional markets including New Orleans, Las Vegas, Kansas City, Houston and Austin.
The first quarter of 2017 was highlighted by several sold-out concerts that included Red HotChili Peppers, Eric Church, Twenty One Pilots, Green Day and Miranda Lambert. BOK Center also hosted two large scale sporting events which included the Big 12 Wrestling Championship and the NCAA D1 Men’s Basketball First and Second Rounds.
“Congratulations to BOK Center staff, all local music fans and our promoter partners for achieving such a high ranking for U.S. ticket sales,” said Doug Thornton, Executive Vice President for SMG. “This shows that Tulsa continues to be a strong market for live entertainment and we are thrilled to be a part of that success story.”
In addition to garnering a high ticket sales ranking, BOK Center was also named “Arena of the Year” in 2016 by the International Entertainment Buyers Association. The industry trade group and its voters selected the Tulsa venue for the prestigious award over Madison Square Garden (New York City), Barclays Center (Brooklyn), T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas) and The Forum (Los Angeles).
The O2 (London) topped the overall ticket sales rankings and Barclays Center (Brooklyn) garnered the top United States spot. The rankings are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts from January 1, 2017 to March 31, 2017. Pollstar totals do not include tenant sport team ticket counts, some family shows, or SMG-produced special events.