Tulsa's BOK Center No. 13 in U.S. arena ticket sales; Cain's Ballroom tops club sales list
BY JENNIFER CHANCELLOR World Scene Writer
Tuesday, October 09, 2012
10/09/12 at 2:43 PM
The BOK Center is ranked No. 13 in the United States and 36th globally for arena venue ticket sales, according to third-quarter reports from Pollstar industry magazine.
Also holding steady on the charts are Tulsa’s Cain’s Ballroom, the Diamond Ballroom and Zoo Amphitheatre in Oklahoma City and Okie-owned promotion company DCF Concerts.
With 220,875 tickets sold, the BOK Center finished higher than venues in nearby markets, including the American Airlines Center in Dallas (216,698 tickets sold), the Toyota Center in Houston (214,769) and Verizon Arena in North Little Rock, Ark. (135,269).
That’s a spike from last quarter’s rank of No. 45 and up one point from first quarter 2012 rankings.
“To repeatedly finish as high as we have shows that Tulsa is a unique community with a great appreciation for live entertainment,” said John Bolton, BOK Center general manager.
The O2 Arena in London took the No. 1 spot on the Worldwide Top 200 Arena Venues list with 803,223 tickets sold. Rankings are based on worldwide ticket sales through the end of third-quarter 2012.
Worldwide, Pollstar reports that ticket sales remain nearly flat compared to last year. Nearly 37.2 million tickets were sold globally through third-quarter 2012, up from 37.1 at this time last year.
Locally, Cain’s Ballroom also ranked No. 23 on the Top 200 list of worldwide club venues, with 69,579 tickets sold. House of Blues Boston took the No. 1 spot with 187,461 tickets sold so far this year.
Cain’s slid down one spot from mid-year sales rankings, and down from it’s high at No. 13 in first-quarter reports for venues under 3,000 capacity.
Oklahoma City club venue Diamond Ballroom hit No. 71 with 30,847 tickets sold, down from No. 61 in mid-year reports.
Also, the Oklahoma City Zoo Amphitheatre ranked No. 62 in worldwide ampitheatre sales with 34,770 sold. Red Rocks in Morrison, Colo., took the top spot in that category with 486,060 tickets.
Oklahoma-owned concert promoter DCF Concerts ranked No. 96 globally for promoter ticket rankings, with 97,008 tickets sold through concert tours they’ve promoted across Tulsa and Oklahoma City. Live Nation took top slot there, with 18,187,854 sold.
Original Print Headline: Tulsa's BOK Center ranks 13th in U.S. for arena venue ticket sales
The BOK Center at night back in 2011. TOM GILBERT/Tulsa World File