Archive for the ‘Vision 2025’ Category

Tulsa BOK Center: "Our City, Our Legacy"

March 6, 2008

The idea behind that tagline, according to Marketing Dirctor Casey Sparks, is, “Making the building feel like everybody is welcome and it is a good corporate citizen for Tulsa.”

Suzanne Stewart, senior vice president of the Metro Tulsa Convention and Visitors Bureau, added, “We’re not just wanting to bring people to Tulsa for a single event where they just buying a ticket and a hot dog. We want to tie in hotels and restaurants.”

For some time now, Celine Dion and Kenney Chesney have been booked to perform at the center. Now, a preseason match-up between the Houston Rockets and Orlando Magic, and Celtic Thunder is scheduled to perform as well.

A poll on the center’s website asks which act Tulsans would most like to see open the center. Currently Carrie Underwood is the favorite, which Aerosmith close behind, and Garth Brooks a distant third.

Email To City Workers From Kathy Taylor

December 5, 2007

Greetings!

I want to take a moment to update you on the progress of the BOK Center.

The arena is in its 27th month of a 36-month construction schedule. The installation of glass and steel panels are being added, along with other tasks being completed by the hundreds of workers on site. Exciting developmenets are happening everyday to the structure and there are many more to come that will contribute to the success of this new point of pride for Tulsa. With the recent sellout of the ONEOK Club Seats and the huge success of the sale of tickets for the Celine Dion concert, we are already starting to experience the great potential for Tulsa to draw new tourism visitors – not just from Oklahoma, but from the entire region.

Just over the past few weeks I was pleased to announce some exciting new private sponsorships for the BOK Center.

– Today, the Oklahoma Ford Dealers committed to a 15-year Founder partnership by sponsoring two suites. Ford will also serve as the official automotive sponsor for the BOK Center. In total, the commitment from the Oklahoma Ford Dealers is $4.9 million.
– ONEOK has committed to at 15-year commitment totaling more than $5 million dollars for the naming rights to the premium seating level, club lounge, blue seating program, and for a founders suite and lounge box.
– Williams Company has committed to a 20-year commitment of more than $5 million dollars to help pay for the center-hung scoreboard, the sponsorship of sports event replays, and a founder suite.
– Cherokee Nation Enterprises has committed 10 years with a commitment of $2.3 million to a founder’s suite and the arena’s exclusive casino and destination resort.
– Cox Communications has committed a 10-year commitment totaling over $2.5 million for the arena’s official telecommunications provider.

These sponsorships represent another chapter in our public/private partnerships that we have formed to make this great building a
success. They are helping to enhance the funding commitment made by Tulsa citizens and help to leverage our public investment from Vision 2025.

Finally, I wanted to remind you that Tulsa’s own 66ers tip off their first home game tonight at 7 p.m. in the Expo Square Pavilion. If you and your family and friends need more information or to purchase tickets, just call 585-8444.

Please have a very safe and enjoyable weekend, and as always, thank you for all you do to make Tulsa such a great place to live!

Sincerely,

Kathy Taylor

Mayor