Not since the 1980 US vs. USSR Olympic game or the 2008 Stanley Cup finals between the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins, has there been this much excitement in one city. This time it's because of the Bank of Oklahoma or BOK Center in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma.
And the peasants rejoiced...
So what's all the hoopla about the BOK Center. Well, it's the flagship of the City of Tulsa's Vision 2025 proposal.
Vision 2025 was a proposition to increase Tulsa county's sales tax rate in order to fund capital improvements. On September 9, 2003 voters in Tulsa county approved a 13 year one cent increase in the sales tax rate.
The center is the brainchild of renowned architect Cesar Pelli, who is famous for designing the Petronas Twin Towers, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. He also designed the World Financial Center complex in downtown Manhatten, NY.
Oh, that's pocket change...
Breaking ground on 31 August 2005, this 550,000 square foot stadium is costing Tulsa $178,000,000.00. And is it worth it?
The arena boasts 18,000 plus seats and luxury boxes called the ONEOK Premium Level. The ONEOK Premium Level consists of 34 private suites, 4 party suites, 20 loge boxes, and 682 club seats. The owners of our premium seating have a private VIP entrance, private elevators, and access to the ONEOK Club Lounge.
The BOK Center is also located diagonal from the Tulsa Convention Center and once completed with its renovations in 2009, will make the area an entertainment and business complex.
Music & Sports, is that all you think of?
Celine Dion, Kenny Chesney, LeAnn Rimes, Jeff Dunham. How's that for a lineup? And these are just some of the scheduled events that are happening in October and November at the BOK Center.
Even the circus is coming to town. And don't forget about the sporting events coming to town.
Besides the BOK Center being the new home of Tulsa's Oilers and the 2007 Arena Cup Champion Talons, other teams will play there as well. The Houston Rockets will take on the Orlando Magic in October. And then, in December, Tulsa's Golden Hurricanes will play the OU Sooners in NCAA Basketball.
The Bottom Line...
And who knows. This could be the catalyst that brings a pro team to Tulsa.