Downtown Alive with BOK Center, PAC, Crowne Plaza

Contributing Writer

MILEY CYRUS: The famous entertainer drew a huge crowd to the BOK Center Oct. 12.


A recent report from Pollstar, a leading industry publication, listed the top United States venues for ticket sales for the third quarter/year to date. The Center ranked No. 5 in the United States and No. 14 in the World climbing up from the mid-year report of No. 9 and No. 23, respectively.

“I continue to be amazed,” comments Jerry Goldman, assistant general manager. “I know we sound like a broken record, but the credit needs to go to the citizens of Tulsa and surrounding communities, all the ticket buyers. They are the ones who support this facility time and time again. It is because of them, we will continue to get great shows.”

Below are the top 10 nationwide arenas for ticket sales:

1. Madison Square Garden Arena – New York City, 402,164
2. Philips Arena – Atlanta, 380,373
3. Sprint Center – Kansas City, Mo., 376,398
4. Allstate Arena – Rosemont, Ill., 335,310
5. Center – Tulsa, 328,257
6. St. Pete Times Forum – Tampa, Fla., 321,584
7. HP Pavilion – San Jose, Calif, 317,213
8. Toyota Center – Houston, 314,353
9. BankAtlantic Center – Sunrise, Fla., 299,703
10. Mohegan Sun Arena – Uncasville, Conn., 279,401

Many downtown visitors to events at both the Center and the Tulsa Performing Arts Center are finding that the Crowne Plaza Hotel, located on Second Street between the two facilities, makes a very convenient meeting place both before and after events.

Recently Greater Tulsa Reporter Web Editor Kelsy Lorin Taylor covered the Miley Cyrus concert at the Center with a friend. The evening went smoothly when they arrived about an hour early and drove to the front entry of the Crowne Plaza, where they used the valet service to have their car parked. The cost was only $10, the same charged by many nearby lots (some charge more!).

Kelsy and her friend entered the hotel and proceeded to go to the Daily Grill, where they enjoyed a pre-concert meal. They then walked down Second Street to the beautiful Center, where they enjoyed the concert.

After the event, they came back to the Daily Grill, where they had a late night snack. They headed home afterward commenting how easy and fun it is to head downtown and enjoy all the action while spending time in the Crowne Plaza as a gathering place.

By the way, the Daily grill is a great place for breakfast, dinner or lunch. For dinner, the Daily Grill offers a variety of dishes ranging from prime rib to pan-seared Idaho trout to California turkey melts to meatloaf. There’s something for every taste and it’s all prepared with the freshest, highest quality ingredients. Guests can also enjoy a classic martini, handcrafted cocktail or glass of wine from the extensive list and sit back and relax in the quiet, tasteful surroundings.
Much activity is scheduled through the end of the year in downtown Tulsa. In this issue of the Greater Tulsa Reporter Newspapers, see Nancy Hermann’s column “Show Buzz” on page B2 to read about the events at the Performing Arts Center, and read Chuck Cissel’s column on page B3 to read about the events at the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame.

There’s so much more happening in downtown Tulsa.

Marlin Keranen, general manager of the Crowne Plaza, says, “The variety of entertainment opportunities in downtown Tulsa are prolific. There’s always something fun and interesting going on whether it be a play, a ballet, a jazz concert, a symphony, an opera, a sporting event, a rock concert, or a Broadway play, you can find it in downtown Tulsa.”

He continues, “We here at the Crowne Plaza welcome visitors to downtown Tulsa. Consider us your prime-time hosts!”

Updated 11-13-2009

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  1. — Marlin Keranen    Oct 20, 02:08 PM    #
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