2022 marks the 20-year anniversary for Paycom Center, Oklahoma City’s premier sports and entertainment destination. Throughout the past two decades, the arena has hosted hundreds of top-tier artists from Garth Brooks to Foo Fighters to Ariana Grande. Possibly best known as the home to NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, the facility also hosts family-friendly events from bull riding to monster trucks to Cirque du Soleil.
“Paycom Center has been a vital part of Oklahoma City for 20 years,” said General Manager Chris Semrau. “We’re celebrating the successes of the facility and excited to feature many more record-breaking events to come.”
While 2020 and 2021 brought unexpected difficulties to the live events world, 2022 is shaping up to be a busy year for the arena. With a potentially record-breaking year of events, that success is expected to spill over into 2023 and beyond. Building a top-notch programming team to aggressively secure upcoming events is a priority for management company, ASM Global.
“I’m excited to be a part of the highly respected team here in Oklahoma City,” said Director of Programming Jordan Racine, who just joined Paycom Center’s leadership group this year. “Much of the industry is familiar with the strong reputation of this facility, and we’re going to continue to build on that and secure wins in this competitive atmosphere.”
The past 20 years have set Oklahoma City’s arena up for continued success. Notable events from this year include Andrea Bocelli’s first ever show in Oklahoma (June 23), tour opening-night shows for Kendrick Lamar (July 19) and My Chemical Romance (August 20), a brand-new PBR event with their Team Series only happening in 10 cities (September 16-18), and two sold-out nights with Luke Combs in-the-round (December 9-10).
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