BOK Center Construction Progress From Top To Bottom

Tuesday, November 13th 2007, 5:00 pm
By: News On 6

Less than a year before Tulsa's BOK Center opens, work has begun on what could be called a finishing touch, the glass exterior. The News On 6's Emory Bryan reports it comes as premium seats continue to sell fast - with the first tickets for a concert going on sale next week.

From just inside what will be the front doors of the BOK Center, steel supports for the glass exterior soar high overhead. The 350 workers have installed the first glass panels in what will be the most visible feature of the building, giving arena visitors an unobstructed view of downtown Tulsa.

Tulsa Vision Builders project manager Bart Boatright gave The News On 6 an exclusive tour through the facility and up to the roof where a television camera had never gone before.

Four massive air handling units sit on the facility roof and will keep the arena cool.

"All the rooftop units are color coated to match the roof so they blend away," said Bart Boatright.

Boatright says light will stream through the building.

"From this wall to this wall this is all open so when you're out there, you'll see into the bowl and see the action, see people, it's not closed in by walls,” Bart Boatright said.

Although still under construction, the viewing suites in the BOK Center are already sold out and other premium seats are still selling, said Bart Boatright.

Next up for indoor arena installation is the ice floor.

The Celine Dion tickets go on sale Monday - ranging from about $50 to about $150 dollars. That will not be the first concert at the BOK Center, just one of the first.

Watch the video: BOK Center Taking Shape

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11/12/2007 Date For Celine Dion Tickets Announced