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(Tulsa, Okla.) February 20, 2019 – The awards keep piling up for BOK Center. The SMG-managed arena was nominated by the Academy of Country Music (ACM) for Venue of the Year – Large Capacity. BOK Center, which opened in 2008, has been nominated for the award eight times over the past ten years.

Also nominated for Venue of the Year – Large Capacity are Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN), Budweiser Stage (Toronto), PNC Bank Arts Center (Holmdel, NJ) and Ruoff Home Mortgage Music Center (Noblesville, IN).

In order to be considered for Venue of the Year, the venue must have bought or promoted at least three country concerts during the prior calendar year of January 1 to December 31, 2018 and be in good standing with all agents. In 2018, BOK Center hosted six country concerts including Blake Shelton, Thomas Rhett, Willie Nelson, George Strait, Sugarland and Chris Young.

“We are honored to once again be nominated by the Academy of Country Music for Venue of the Year,” said BOK Center General Manager Casey Sparks. “BOK Center’s continued success is proof of the passion that Tulsans have for country music and none of it would be possible without the artists and promoters who continue to think of BOK Center as a must-play venue.”

Venue of the year is an off-camera Industry Award and will be announced following the 54th ACM Awards. The Industry Awards honor the behind-the-scenes industry professionals and venues who contribute so much to the artistry, success and longevity of country music. The award is considered a part of the 54th Annual Academy of Country Music Awards and is voted on by the professional membership of the academy.