Solid Reputation Keeps Big Acts Coming To Tulsa, BOK Center
TULSA, Oklahoma - Thousands sang along with One Direction Tuesday night. The chart-topping British boy band brought its world tour to Tulsa after playing shows in cities like Rio, Paris and Vegas.
Tulsa made the tour when cities like Seattle, San Francisco and Denver missed out.
The show at the BOK Center sold out in ten minutes, and fans traveled from all across Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska and Colorado.
The BOK Center's general manager said it isn't hard to sell acts on Tulsa because we have a rock solid reputation, and the fans that lined up help solidify it even more.
“We love One Direction and Five Seconds of Summer,” they all shouted.
They love them so much that some Green Country girls got to the venue Monday morning and scored a spot in the front of the line.
One fan, Isabella Shelby, came in all the way from Denver.
“I'm so excited. I've never seen them before and now I'm here and this is happening,” she said with tears of excitement in her eyes.
For her, and many others, it's emotional; they've been waiting since tickets sold out back in November.
“This is the first time they've been in the same state as us, let alone the same arena. It's just so overwhelming, I never thought that they would come to a place like this because they go to bigger places, but they did,” said fan Stephanie Green.
BOK General Manager Jeff Nickler said it isn't hard to convince acts that Tulsa is where they need to be, including One Direction who is made a rare arena show, most other venues are stadiums with three times the crowd.
“It speaks a lot to the community and the support they've shown this arena. As long as people keep buying tickets and we have that track record of tickets sales to tout to agents and promoters, were gonna get the big acts here to Tulsa,” Nickler said.