Sunday: BOK Center profit rises in 2nd year
BY BRIAN BARBER World Staff Writer
Saturday, July 24, 2010
Tulsa’s BOK Center generated $2.8 million in sales tax revenue and posted a $1.6 million venue profit in its second fiscal year, financial reports obtained by the Tulsa World show.
That’s on par with the $2.8 million in tax revenue and exceeded the $1.1 million profit brought in by the arena during its inaugural fiscal year.
“This is really a major accomplishment,” BOK Center General Manager John Bolton said. “I was predicting that we’d be somewhere around 80 to 90 percent of our first year numbers.”
Pollstar just ranked the BOK Center No. 9 among arenas nationally based on ticket sales, he noted.
Attendance at the building increased to 738,262 in its second year, compared to 607,635 in its first. And the number of events increased from 166 to 176 from year one to year two.
“We haven’t seen the declines that you’d typically see after a building opens,” Bolton said. “The public has really continued to show its support for the venue and what we are offering.”
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Rascal Flatts performed at the BOk Center in Tulsa on Friday night. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World