BOK Center Details
Tulsa's BOK Center -- named for the Bank of Oklahoma -- is a 10-year-old sports and events center that houses 19,199 seats. When the arena opened in August 2008, Tulsa native Garth Brooks participated in the ribbon-cutting ceremony, which included tours of the new facility for the public, and a "multi-faith celebration" featuring another Oklahoma native, TV and Broadway star Sam Harris.
Currently, the BOK Center is home to the Tulsa Oilers who play in the ECHL. Previously, the BOK center also housed Tulsa's WNBA team, the Shock, and the Tulsa Talons playing in the Arena Football League. The Center also hosts NBA pre-season games, college basketball games, and High School Hoops for the Tulsa area.
Beyond sports, the Center features musical performances and other entertainment events such as the Harlem Globetrotters. In fact, the BOK Center was named arena of the year by the International Entertainment Buyers Association in 2016 in part thanks to its record of attracting great acts. From Madonna, Iron Maiden, Tool, Carrie Underwood, Mumford & Sons, and Coldplay, to the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Eric Church, Ariana Grande, and Green Day, artists of all stripes have rocked the BOK. It can also serve as a venue for corporate or non-profit events, providing catering and seating for up to 20,000.
Big dates in the venue's history include Paul McCartney's performance in the summer of 2009, his only arena performance in that tour. Similarly, Taylor Swift performed here during her Speak Now World Tour in 2011. On the sporting side, the BOK Center has hosted several preseason games for the Oklahoma City Thunder as well as NCAA Tournament games.
If you're staying a while, the area around the BOK Center provides plenty of opportunity for fun. Just outside you'll find lively bars featuring local brews and music, Glacier Confection -- a magical chocolate factory experience -- and delightful dining options like the Dilly Diner and El Guapo's.
What are the best places to sit at the BOK Center?
Choosing the right seating for an event at the BOK Center depends somewhat on what you're seeing. With a versatile design, the space is set up differently for different performances and games. You can see the differences here. The major consideration is that floor seats are added for concerts and theatrical performances, and the first ten rows (A-K) in that section are the best seats from which to view this kind of show. From there, you have two levels of bowl seating, the 100 level with more expensive seats closer to the action and the 300 level above. The ONEOK Suite Level sits between the two.
BOK Center Tips and Tricks
While the Center itself doesn't operate any parking, there are over 9,000 available spots with a 10-mile walking radius of the venue. You can get directions and parking tips from the BOK Center here, or take advantage of the Center's partnership with Uber with a dedicated pickup & drop-off zone located on First Street between Denver and Cheyenne and a code for a free first ride.
BOK Center Club Areas
There are a few different ONEOK Premium Seating areas available to patrons in the BOK Center. Club Seats are located on the concourse level and offer additional comfort for entertaining business partners. Suites and Boxes are located on the premium level and provide a magnificent view of any event along with top of the line amenities. The newest seating area -- the Sky Lofts -- is at the front of sections 312 - 314. With this option, you also get access to the Sky Lounge and the ONEOK Suite Level.