Tulsa's BOK Center Makes Top 10


Wednesday, April 15th 2009, 5:28 pm
By: News On 6


News On 6

UNDATED -- Tulsa's BOK Center shines despite the tough economy.  A recent poll ranked the top 50 venues in the world for ticket sales in the first quarter of the year.  And, the BOK Center came in at number 9 worldwide in the ranking by Pollstar.

Tulsa's arena was ranked 2nd in the United States beating out Oklahoma City's Ford Center which ranked 49th, Kansas City's Sprint Center which was 14th and New York's Madison Square Garden which was 18th.

Only the St Petersburg Times Forum in Tampa, FL, sold more tickets.

The BOK Center's general manager credits the big name acts that have performed with the success. 

"The types of artists and events we have been able to attract have been incredible. We knew the first few months since opening in September would be outstanding, but we really have not slowed down," said BOK Center's John Bolton.

Some of the acts include Billy Joel, Elton John, AC/DC, Brad Paisley and Larry the Cable Guy.

The complete listing with total ticket sales are:

1. O2 Arena - London, UNITED KINGDOM - 503,846
2. Manchester Evening News Arena - Manchester, UNITED KINGDOM - 346,082
3. Sportpaleis Antwerpen - Merksem, BELGIUM - 243,155
4. Arena Monterrey - Monterrey, MEXICO - 199,747
5. St. Pete Times Forum - Tampa, FL - 169,492
6. Acer Arena - Sydney, AUSTRALIA - 156,433
7. The O2 - Dublin, IRELAND - 154,615
8. Odyssey Arena - Belfast, UNITED KINGDOM - 153,472
9. BOK Center - Tulsa, OK - 149,302
10. Palacio De Los Deportes - Mexico City, MEXICO - 148,525
11. American Airlines Arena - Miami, FL - 141,391
12. Coliseo de Puerto Rico - San Juan, PR - 129,887
13. Allstate Arena - Rosemont, IL - 122,007
14. Sprint Center - Kansas City, MO - 111,358
15. Wembley Arena - London, UNITED KINGDOM - 102,002
16. Bell Centre - Montreal, CANADA - 101,490
17. Vector Arena - Auckland, NEW ZEALAND - 95,373
18. Madison Square Garden Arena - New York, NY - 93,676
19. Sommet Center - Nashville, TN - 92,809
20. Scotiabank Place - Ottawa, CANADA - 90,641
21. New Orleans Arena - New Orleans, LA - 88,546
22. Lanxess Arena - Cologne, GERMANY - 84,366
23. San Diego Sports Arena - San Diego, CA - 83,252
24. Rod Laver Arena - Melbourne, AUSTRALIA - 82,292
25. Air Canada Centre - Toronto, CANADA - 81,784
26. Stockholm Globe Arena - Stockholm, SWEDEN - 81,010
27. Mohegan Sun Arena - Uncasville, CT - 80,800
28. Prudential Center - Newark, NJ - 80,360
29. Toyota Center - Houston, TX - 78,415
30. Honda Center - Anaheim, CA - 78,069
31. Wiener Stadthalle - Vienna, AUSTRIA - 77,465
32. Brisbane Entertainment Centre - Boondall, AUSTRALIA - 74,171
33. Bank Atlantic Center - Sunrise, FL - 74,018
34. Nassau Veterans Memorial Coliseum - Uniondale, NY - 71,986
35. Energy Solutions Arena Salt Lake City, UT - 69,372
36. Qwest Center Omaha - Omaha, NE - 66,990
37. AT&T Center - San Antonio, TX - 65,263
38. Philips Arena - Atlanta, GA -63,090
39. Forest National - Brussels, BELGIUM - 61,466
40. Verizon Center - Washington, DC - 61,071
41. Bradley Center - Milwaukee, WI - 59,860
42. HP Pavilion At San Jose - San Jose, CA - 59,255
43. Rupp Arena - Lexington, KY 59,186
44. Hordern Pavilion - Moore Park, AUSTRALIA - 59,161
45. Credit Union Centre - Saskatoon, CANADA - 57,017
46. Hampton Coliseum - Hampton, VA - 56,699
47. Rexall Place - Edmonton, CANADA - 56,580
48. Olympiahalle - Munich, GERMANY - 55,548
49. Ford Center - Oklahoma City, OK - 55,358
50. American Airlines Center - Dallas, TX - 54,471