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(Tulsa, Okla.) November 17, 2017– Oklahoma’s marquee concert arena continues to generate national industry recognition. This morning, Los Angeles-based Pollstar announced that the Tulsa arena been nominated for their prestigious 2016 “Arena of the Year” award. In addition, BOK Center Director of Booking, Joe Giordano, was nominated for the music industry’s “Rising Star” award.

BOK Center joins a distinguished group of nominees for Arena of the Year including Barclays Center (Brooklyn, NY), Bridgestone Arena (Nashville, TN), The Forum (Inglewood, CA), Madison Square Garden (New York, NY) Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA), and T-Mobile Arena (Las Vegas, NV).

“Over the past decade, Tulsa has consistently performed as one of the strongest concert markets in the country,” said Nickler. “We are honored to be recognized as one of the best venues in the world by our industry peers along with other iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and Staples Center.”

Pollstar is an industry trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. Each year the publication hosts the Concert Industry Awards. The nominating committee is comprised of industry leaders in all facets of the entertainment business including arena managers, artists, tour managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. Winners are determined by votes from international readership and will be announced on February 8, 2018 at the 28th Annual Pollstar Live! Awards Ceremony in Downtown Los Angeles.

Joe Giordano joined the BOK Center team in 2016 as Director of Booking after serving as Director of Marketing & Booking for three years at the Santander Arena and Santander Performing Arts Center in Reading, PA. In addition to his role in Tulsa, Giordano also serves as a Regional Theater Booking Manager for SMG, overseeing and developing content for 25 theater venues nationwide.

“Joe plays a crucial role in helping BOK Center maintain its track record of success on a national stage,” remarked Lon Rosenberg, Regional Vice President for SMG. “Through his creativity and charisma, he has developed valuable relationships with agents and promoters that have helped deliver incredible concert content for Tulsa.”

In 2018, BOK Center will celebrate its tenth anniversary.  To commemorate the occasion, the venue has announced its “10 for 10 Concert Series,” ten blockbuster shows featuring some of the most iconic musicians on the planet. Artists already announced include George Strait (two sold-out nights), P!nk, Blake Shelton, and most recently U2. Earlier this month, U2 announced that they would launch their 2018 North America iNNOCENCE + eXPERIENCE Tour at BOK Center. Tulsa is one of only 15 cities hosting the band.