September 6, 2008
City of Tulsa and Tulsa Public
LENGTH OF SERVICE
Tulsa’s BOK Center is a state-of-the-art, $196 million, sports and entertainment venue that opened in 2008 with a concert by the Eagles. Owned by the City of Tulsa and Tulsa Public Facilities Authority, BOK Center funding was part of the Vision 2025, a project to grow economic and community infrastructure for future generations. In its first year alone, BOK Center hosted 184 events with numerous sold out shows.
BOK Center is one of the country’s busiest arenas, regularly hosting the top concert touring acts and a wide-array of family shows and sporting events. The 19,199-seat venue is home to the WNBA Tulsa Shock and the CHL Tulsa Oilers. BOK Center also hosts a wide array of additional sporting events including Tulsa’s first UFC Fight Night, an annual Oklahoma City Thunder NBA preseason game, Professional Bull Riding and Arena Cross. A five-time nominee for Pollstar Magazine’s Arena of the Year, BOK Center routinely ranks as one of the top-20 busiest venues in the United States.
Since opening, the BOK Center has been credited with spurring the revitalization of downtown Tulsa. Several new dining and entertainment districts – the Brady District and the Blue Dome District – have opened in the areas surrounding the venue.
For over two years prior to the opening, SMG’s Design & Development Department provided design and construction consulting services, furniture, fixtures and equipment purchasing services, and pre-opening services to the City and the Public Facilities Authority insuring that the arena would be well-designed, functional and operationally efficient.