Monday, July 21, 2014


(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena ranked as the 12th busiest arena according to the Venues Today 2014 Mid-Year Top Stops for venues with seating capacities 10,001-15,000. The rankings, announced in the July edition of the trade publication, are based on concert and event gross ticket sales from October 16, 2013 through May 15, 2014 as reported to Venues Today. 
“It has been an exciting year for INTRUST Bank Arena as we hosted the sold out George Strait ‘The Cowboy Rides Away Tour’ on April 4th,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “George Strait’s final performance sold a record number of tickets in our venue for a single day, concert event. Additionally, during this timeframe, we hosted Lady Antebellum on Valentine’s Day along with 10 days of rehearsals for the Soundtrack of Summer Tour featuring Styx, Foreigner and Don Felder prior to their first show of the tour at our venue on May 14th.” 

Venues Today is the leading source of original reporting for live entertainment and events, serving management, owners and suppliers to music, sports and meetings venues internationally. 

Tuesday, July 15, 2014


(Tulsa, Okla.) July 14, 2014 - The SMG-managed BOK Center finished the first half of 2014 ranked 16th in the United States and 47th in the world in Pollstar Magazine’s 2014 Mid Year Top 100 Arena Venues. During the first six months of 2014, the BOK Center reported ticket sales of 142,235 tickets.

“SMG strives to bring the industry’s best concerts and live entertainment to Tulsa. This year is already off to a great start, and the lineup for the rest of the year is very strong and includes several sold out shows,” said SMG General Manager Jeff Nickler. “The credit goes to our team and also to our community who continues to show amazing support for the BOK Center.”

Through June 30, the BOK Center hosted 13 of the Top 100 Tours including: Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus, Winter Jam, George Strait, Cher, The Harlem Globetrotters, Dave Matthews Band, Kings of Leon, Imagine Dragons, Bruno Mars, Miley Cyrus, Lady Antebellum, Sesame Street Live and Third Day.

Upcoming events include Dodgebrawl (July 19), WWE Live Summerslam Heatwave Tour (July 25), Michael Bublé (August 1), Professional Bull Riders (August 15-16), UFC (August 23), OneRepublic (August 28), KISS and Def Leppard (August 29) and Brantley Gilbert (September 20), Demi Lovato (September 21), One Direction (September 23), Katy Perry (October 6) and Pearl Jam (October 8). For a complete list of BOK Center events, visit

The O2 (London) topped the overall rankings while the Barclays Center (Brooklyn) earned the top United States spot.

The rankings are determined by tickets sold worldwide for concerts from January 1, 2014 to June 30, 2014. Pollstar totals do not include tenant sport team ticket sales. Pollstar is a weekly trade publication covering the worldwide concert industry. 


(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena finished as the 27th busiest arena in the United States and 69th in the world in Pollstar Magazine’s 2014 Mid Year Top 100 Arena Rankings. Rankings are based on tickets sold worldwide for shows played between 1/1/14 and 6/30/14.
“It’s been an exciting year this far for INTRUST Bank Arena,” said A.J. Boleski, SMG General Manager. “We’ve hosted two huge farewell tours with George Strait and Motley Crue, and just recently announced a third with Cher’s D2K Tour set for November 3. We’re gearing up for a busy fall and look forward to continuing to bring top notch entertainment to downtown Wichita.”
INTRUST Bank Arena has hosted 11 of the Top 100 Worldwide Tours so far in 2014, including George Strait, Winter Jam, WWE, The Harlem Globetrotters, Lady Antebellum, Jeff Dunham, The Roadshow, Brantley Gilbert, Disney Live, Sesame Street Live and James Taylor.

Tuesday, July 8, 2014


BOK Center
(Tulsa, Okla.) July 7, 2014 – The SMG-managed BOK Center and Cox Business Center recently received top honors by Oklahoma Magazine in its annual ‘The Best of the Best’ rankings. The BOK Center was named ‘Best Concert Venue,’ and the Cox Business Center was named ‘Best Wedding or Party Venue.’ The BOK Center also finished in the top three in two additional categories: ‘Best Place to See and Be Seen’ and ‘Best Local Icon/Landmark.’

The annual awards are voted on by Oklahoma Magazine readers and were featured in the July issue of the publication.
Cox Business Center

“It’s an honor to be recognized by both Oklahoma Magazine and its readers,” said SMG General Manager Jeff Nickler. “The BOK Center has enjoyed amazing success since opening five years ago. Our ability to sustain that success is a tribute to everyone who has purchased a ticket or attended an event.

“The Cox Business Center continues to play host to the area’s top social events. The growth of our social and wedding bookings assures us that we are on the right path to delivering incredible experiences for our guests and clients,” Nickler added.

For more information about the BOK Center visit  For more information about the Cox Business Center visit

Monday, June 30, 2014


(Wichita, Kan.) – The SMG-managed INTRUST Bank Arena has received multiple awards in the marketing category throughout the month of June. Recognition has come from both the Wichita American Marketing Association and SMG.
INTRUST Bank Arena was awarded the SMG 2014 Best Social Media Promotion Award for the “12 Days of Entertainment” promotion for the second straight year at the 2014 SMG Marketing Summit. The Summit was held at the SMG-managed Mercedes -Benz Superdome in New Orleans, LA last week and marked the second year that more than 50 SMG marketers gathered to discuss venue marketing, share ideas and network. While at the summit, attendees voted on awards in five categories. In 2013, INTRUST Bank Arena took home Best Trade Ad in addition to Best Social Media Promotion.
In addition, INTRUST Bank Arena was recognized by the American Marketing Association, Wichita Chapter, in two categories at the 2014 MAX Awards. Judges from the American Marketing Association, Omaha Chapter, used 10 different criteria for each entry submitted. In the Annual Report category, the arena received a Silver MAX Award, or second place. In the Social Media category, the arena received third place.
“It’s an exciting honor to be recognized by different marketing organizations for the work we’re doing at INTRUST Bank Arena,” said Christine Pileckas, SMG Director of Sales & Marketing. “Our team strives to be trendsetters and innovators in the industry, and these awards are a testament to their hard work and passion for the live entertainment industry.”

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

BOK Center Trade Ad Wins National Award

 (Tulsa, Okla.) June 23, 2014 – The SMG-managed BOK Center was honored for its 2013 trade publication advertising campaign during the recent 2014 SMG Marketing Summit held at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome in New Orleans, La. 
Tulsa-based creative agency AcrobatAnt designed the ad which features a woman looking at her reflection in a BOK Center mirror and seeing her “inner rock star” and was published in Pollstar and Venues Today. The ad was voted 2014 Best Trade Advertisement by more than 70 SMG marketing professionals from 46 venues across the United States and Puerto Rico. 
“We are incredibly proud of the work AcrobatAnt does for the BOK Center. This ad was one in a series of ground-breaking industry trade advertisements that have received national attention from both promoters and other venues,” said Sarah Haertl, SMG Regional Director of Marketing. 

“It’s an honor to have other SMG marketing professionals acknowledge the work we are doing in Tulsa,” Haertl added. 

Thursday, June 19, 2014

IEBA Announces “Buyer/Promoter” Category Director

John Bolton Returns to IEBA’s Board of Directors
NASHVILLE, Tenn. (June 17, 2014) – The members of IEBA (International Entertainment Buyers Association), the leading non-profit trade organization for live entertainment industry professionals, have elected John Bolton, Vice President of Entertainment for SMG, to their Board of Directors in the “Buyer/Promoter” category.As part of the corporate team at SMG Entertainment, the world leader in venue management, Bolton works with record-breaking stadiums and arenas across the country in the presentation of over 28,000 live events annually.  Bolton supervises a national network of Regional Marketing Directors who are responsible for some 140 arena marketing professionals.
Bolton has had a significant impact on the entertainment business in his 25-year career.  In addition to his role as General Manager for SMG in Tulsa, where he managed a multi-complex campus of venues, Bolton acted as Regional Vice President for SMG for its venues in Puerto Rico and the West Coast.  Bolton was responsible for creating five new festivals and events in Tulsa that attract more than 200,000 people per year.  His success in booking, programming, and marketing consistently placed BOK Center as one of the Top 10 venues in the nation and earned Bolton “Venue Executive of the Year” recognition from IEBA in 2011 and from Pollstar in 2012, as well the “Venue Excellence Award” from the International Association of Venue Managers (IAVM) in 2011.  He fulfilled two terms on IEBA’s Board of Directors and Executive Committee from 2005 to 2008 and from 2009 to 2012.  Bolton also serves as the current Chair of the Board of Directors for IAVM.
“My work on IEBA’s Board allows me to collaborate with the best and the brightest in the business,” says Bolton. “IEBA’s goals for the industry mirror my goals at SMG:  to provide leadership and support for initiatives in entertainment booking and marketing.  We are committed to achieving our objectives through innovation and teamwork.  We are dedicated to maximizing our brands and our businesses.  With our collective industry expertise, we can set new standards for success.”
Bolton replaces outgoing Director, Leslie Master of Live Nation.  “Leslie was an invaluable asset to IEBA and we appreciate her dedicated service,” said Pam Matthews, IEBA Executive Director.
IEBA’s 44th Annual Conference will be held September 27-30, 2014 at the Omni Nashville.  Registration is open now.  For more information, including a Conference schedule, please visit