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BOK Center Nominated for Arena of the Year Again by Pollstar

Published: 11.14.16


General Manager Jeff Nickler also nominated for Facility Executive of the Year

(Tulsa, Okla.) November 11, 2016 - Oklahoma's marquee concert venue continues to generate national industry recognition. Last month in Nashville, BOK Center was awarded "Arena of the Year" by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA). This morning, Los Angeles-based Pollstar announced that the Tulsa arena has also been nominated for their prestigious 2016 "Arena of the Year" award. In addition, BOK Center General Manager, Jeff Nickler, was nominated for national Facility Executive of the Year. 

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) and Staples Center (Los Angeles, CA). 

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, artist managers, agents and promoters from across the country and abroad. Winners are determined by votes from international readership and will be announced on February 2, 2017 at the 28th Annual Pollstar Live! Awards Ceremony in Los Angeles. 

"Eight years ago, no one thought about Tulsa as a must play, we are at the top of a lot of agents and promoters lists," said Nickler. "It's incredible to be recognized as one of the best venues in the world by our industry peers with other iconic venues like Madison Square Garden and Staples Center." 

Nickler, who was nominated for Facility Executive of the Year, was also previously nominated for Venue Executive of the Year by IEBA.

Nickler joined the SMG Tulsa team in 2008 as Premium Services and Sales Manager and was an integral part of the Grand Opening team for BOK Center. He also served as Special Events Manager and later Director of Booking and Special Events. In 2011, he was promoted to Assistant General Manager and was then promoted to General Manager in February of 2014. Nickler plays a critical role in the concert booking at the venue and through his efforts helped bring Madonna, Iron Maiden, Justin Bieber, Mumford & Sons and Billy Joel to Tulsa this year. 

"BOK Center is one of the country's highest performing venues," remarked Lon Rosenberg, Regional Vice President for SMG. "Tulsa has all the right pieces in place for success - a supportive city, outstanding corporate partners and an extremely talented local staff." 

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About BOK Center 
BOK Center is Tulsa's state-of-the-art sports and entertainment venue that opened in fall 2008. The 19,199-seat arena is home to the ECHL Tulsa Oilers. BOK Center was designed to host major concerts, family shows, ice shows, and other world class entertainment. Owned by the City Of Tulsa, BOK Center is part of Vision 2025, a project to grow economic and community infrastructure for future generations. In 2016, BOK Center was named 'Arena of the Year' by the International Entertainment Buyers Association (IEBA).

About SMG
Founded in 1977, SMG provides management services to more than 240 public assembly facilities including convention and exhibition centers, arenas, stadiums, theatres, performing arts centers, equestrian facilities, science centers and a variety of other venues. With facilities across the globe, SMG manages more than 15 million square feet of exhibition space and more than 1.5 million sports and entertainment seats. As the recognized global industry leader, SMG provides venue management, sales, marketing, event booking and programming, construction and design consulting, and pre-opening services for such landmark facilities as McCormick Place & Soldier Field in Chicago, Moscone Convention Center in San Francisco, Houston's NRG Park and the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. SMG also offers food and beverage operations through its concessions and catering company SAVOR, currently serving more than 140 accounts worldwide. For more information visit

About SAVOR 
SAVOR is the food and beverage division of SMG, the global leader in public facilities and special event venue management. Since its inception in 1983, SAVOR has specialized in creating menus that showcase local cuisine expertly prepared and presented to ensure a seamless dining and entertainment experience. SAVOR currently provides catering, concessions and special event services, to more than 130 facilities worldwide.

The company is also an industry leader in introducing green standards and programs to public facilities. SAVOR's commitment to farm to table freshness and food quality features locally grown products for their venue clients whenever possible. SAVOR staff prides themselves on being on the cutting edge of the latest food and beverage trends in addition to searching out the most innovative food technologies available on the market. To learn more, visit 

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