Local & Regional
Tue July 14, 2009
BOK Center-1 Year Later
By John Durkee
Tulsa, OK – Tulsa, OK - July 13, 2009
A recent report from Pollstar, a leading industry publication, listed the top United States venues for ticket sales for January 1 - June 30, 2009. The BOK Center ranked #9 in the United States and #23 in the World, edging out major markets like Los Angeles, Miami and Dallas.
This report comes on the heels of another unprecedented announcement, Paul McCartney, who has chosen the BOK Center as the only arena he will perform at this year on August 17. The concert will be the one-year anniversary show for the BOK Center.
Below are the top 10 nationwide arenas for ticket sales: (complete list of 100 worldwide arenas is attached)
1. Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA - 303,911
2. Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL - 251,289
3. BankAtlantic Center - Sunrise, FL - 233,949
4. Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO - 221,581
5. St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL - 216,140
6. Madison Square Garden Arena - New York, NY - 200,625
7. Toyota Center - Houston, TX - 196,133
8. Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT - 190,016
9. BOK Center - Tulsa, OK - 188,688
10. Qwest Center Omaha - Omaha, NE - 187,346
The BOK Center has reached its #9 status by booking the most sought after acts on tour in the United States. The arena has booked 90% of the top ten nationwide tours. The only act not currently booked at BOK Center is The Dead, which was only an East Coast tour.
Top nationwide tours in order:
1. Britney Spears
2. Fleetwood Mac
3. Elton John/Billy Joel
5. Celine Dion
6. Bruce Springsteen & The E-Street band
7. Kenny Chesney
8. Dave Matthews Band
9. The Dead
10. Dane Cook
Paul McCartney announced his first concert ever at BOK Center in Tulsa, OK on Monday, August 17, 2009 in celebration of the venue's one-year anniversary. This monumental event also marks the legendary performer's only arena show during his current 2009 North American stadium concerts, as well as McCartney's first Oklahoma show in nearly seven years since his 2002 concert at Ford Center in Oklahoma City.
Tickets for the August 17th concert go on sale Monday, July 20 at 10:00AM.
The BOK Center show will feature classics from McCartney's extensive catalog, including Beatles, Wings and solo career hits as well as selections from his most recent album Electric Arguments, released under his alias The Fireman.
On the heels of Paul McCartney's three-date, sold-out run at New York's Citi Field in July, the August 17th Tulsa performance will be among McCartney's first U.S. appearances since headlining this year's Coachella festival; as well as the same weekend's record-breaking, one-off opening of the new Joint in Las Vegas. McCartney's additional upcoming North American concerts include two shows at Boston's Fenway Park along with performances at Atlanta's Piedmont Park, FedEx Field in Landover, MD and Halifax Commons in Halifax, NS.