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(Tulsa, Okla.) October 2, 2018 – BOK Center was named the Arena of the Year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA) during the annual Honors and Awards Ceremony tonight in Nashville. The Tulsa venue was selected over an elite group of nominees that included Allstate Arena (Rosemont, IL), Golden 1 Center (Sacramento, CA), Madison Square Garden (New York, NY), The O2 (London, UK), Prudential Center (Newark, NJ) and T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, NV). BOK Center previously won this award in 2016 and this was the venue’s fourth nomination for the prestigious industry honor that recognizes the top concert arena in the country.

IEBA is one of the leading non-profit trade organizations for live entertainment industry professionals. Founded in 1970 and based in Nashville, IEBA provides networking, showcasing and educational opportunities to strengthen relationships, foster growth and increase revenue for the live entertainment industry.

“To be recognized as Arena of the Year by IEBA is a tremendous honor for BOK Center, its staff and the City of Tulsa,” said Tony Cima, Senior Vice President of Stadiums and Arenas for SMG. “This shows that Tulsa continues to be a leader for live entertainment and SMG is thrilled to be part of and continue that success story.”

“As always, we have to thank the concert promoters and agents who continue to believe in the Tulsa market,” added SMG Tulsa General Manager Jeff Nickler.  “We have worked hard to bring a compelling line-up of shows to Oklahoma and are fortunate to be in a city where fans continue to purchase tickets in record numbers year after year.”

As the venue celebrates its tenth birthday this year, BOK Center continues to maintain its status as one of the world’s busiest concert arenas. In the Pollstar 2018 Q1 Top 100 Arena Venues based on ticket sales, BOK Center ranked #7 in the United States and #24 in the world. It has been a blockbuster year for concerts in Tulsa and already Blake Shelton, P!NK, U2, Justin Timberlake, George Strait, the Eagles and Imagine Dragons have stopped at the arena as part of the venue’s “Ten for Ten” anniversary concert series. Tomorrow, legendary band Fleetwood Mac launches their North American tour at BOK Center and next week Bruno Mars visits town for two sold-out nights. Metallica and Elton John have also confirmed tour stops at the venue in 2019.