Another Sponsor Signs On With BOK Center

Friday, November 30th 2007, 10:31 am
By: News On 6

The BOK Center draws more money to downtown Tulsa. Ford trucks became the center's official vehicle sponsor on Friday. News On 6 anchor Terry Hood reports the announcement marks the third largest financial commitment to the BOK Center. The announcement came with a little help from stars of a popular cable television show.

With the ever-developing BOK Center as a backdrop, another announcement is made with a star of the small screen.

“My name's Brian Martin, I'm the bossman up at Chrome Shop Mafia,” said Trick My Truck’s Brian Martin.

Martin's crew is behind the popular CMT show, "Trick My Truck.” They were in Tulsa on Friday to help usher in the BOK Center's newest sponsor, Ford Trucks.

“We like to be where our customers are. We think a lot of our customers are going to come through here,” said Bill Knight with United Ford.

Oklahoma Ford Dealers announced a 15 year partnership with the BOK Center. They paid $4.8 million over the life of the contract. The agreement gives Ford two founder’s suites and a portion inside the center called Ford Avenue, a place where the truck dealers will display their latest models. Dealers say the sponsorship is their stamp of approval to the newest addition to Tulsa's skyline.

”We're really excited about it. Right from the very beginning we thought this was going to be great for Tulsa. We're a big part of Tulsa so we wanted to be a part of it,” said Bill Knight with United Ford.

The announcement came as 350 workers continue to get the building ready for next fall's opening. The first of 20,000 plus stainless steel panels are being put into place. Engineers say the building is right on schedule.

“We're starting to show people this definitely is going to be great potential for the entertainment destination of choice in the region and a great springboard for downtown development,” said Tulsa Mayor Kathy Taylor.

The announcement comes on the heels of a $15 million sponsorship and brings the total amount of private investment to $36 million since August of last year. It also means the BOK Center managers will be driving Ford Trucks

Watch the video: Ford Signs On With The BOK Center