Wednesday, November 02, 2005

Tulsa's BOK Center

It's already old news, but here's info on the BOK center, from the great folks at the site.

City of Tulsa and Bank of Oklahoma officials last week announced the new Regional Events Center will be named the BOK Center. Bank of Oklahoma purchased naming rights for $11 million over 20 years. The funds are included, along with other anticipated sponsorship, suite and ticket revenue, in the initial construction and operating budget of the 18,000-seat 550,000-square-foot facility designed by Cesar Pelli.
“Bank of Oklahoma has a long, successful heritage of leadership and support in our community,” said Tulsa Mayor Bill LaFortune. “We are extremely excited to have them help us showcase the BOK Center as an integral part of our plan to create a first-class, iconic facility for entertainment, sporting events and national conventions.”

Bank of Oklahoma’s support for the BOK Center and Vision 2025 has provided $30 million for community improvements, including the $11 million for naming rights and $19 million the bank helped raise from private donors prior to passage of Vision 2025.

“Bank of Oklahoma’s selection as the naming rights partner allows us to continue to demonstrate our dedication to enhancing the quality of life and the economic wellbeing of the community,” said bank President and CEO Stan Lybarger. “Bank of Oklahoma will assist the city in securing additional sponsorship commitments for the BOK Center Our support, along with the support of other sponsors, will help ensure the BOK Center becomes one of the most competitive facilities in the country.”

Cleveland, Ohio-based Sports Facilities Marketing Group was hired by the City to select a naming-rights partner. The firm is also charged with marketing sponsorships and premium seating.

“Bank of Oklahoma’s partnership enables us to attract other quality sponsorships that, together, add greatly to the BOK Center’s marketability and public appeal,” said Hamp Howell with Sports Facilities Marketing Group. “The BOK Center will be a major league quality facility that will be premier among arenas in comparable markets.”

“The BOK Center and other Vision 2025 projects are all about making Tulsa a better place to live and work,” Lybarger said. “Increasing the competitive position of our community benefits all of our citizens.”


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