Paycom Center Ranks Among Top 50 Arenas In The World

Dec 20  /  Tuesday

Oklahoma City’s Paycom Center is once again ranked as a top arena in the United States, and now a Top 50 Arena in the world, according to Pollstar’s 2022 Year-End Top Arenas list. The downtown NBA arena moved up to number 37 in the United States and number 48 worldwide, according to ticket sales totals.

2022 was Paycom Center’s first full year of shows since 2019 and an overall big year for the return of the touring industry. Over 90,000 more concert tickets were sold this year at Paycom Center than in 2019, a huge accomplishment thanks to the support of the Oklahoma City local and regional community. The increase in shows and ticket sales moved the venue’s positioning up 39 spots on the Top Arenas World list.

It was also a record-breaking year for Paycom Center, which will end the year with 37 concert events – the most held in one calendar year in the facility’s 20-year history. Of those 37 events, 13 were listed on Pollstar’s Top 50 North American Tours list (Elton John, Morgan Wallen, Trans-Siberian Orchestra, Backstreet Boys, My Chemical Romance, Kendrick Lamar, Andrea Bocelli, Kevin Hart, Pitbull, New Edition, The Who, and two shows with Luke Combs). The two sold-out Luke Combs shows are now in the Top 10 highest attended concerts in the venue’s history, and four shows made the Top 10 highest grossing shows list (Andrea Bocelli, Pearl Jam, Elton John, and Morgan Wallen). Even with a record breaking concert event schedule, the arena also hosted 39 Thunder and 25 Blue games, family shows including Monster Jam and WWE, as well as the inaugural weekend takeover of the Oklahoma Freedom during Professional Bull Riders’ new Teams Series events.

Pollstar’s list comes from the industry leading trade publication’s report that ranks shows that took place between November 16, 2021 to November 16, 2022. Given the earlier cutoff, Paycom Center’s current ranking doesn’t reflect numbers from the huge weekend just held with Trans-Siberian Orchestra on December 8 and two sold out in-the-round shows with Luke Combs on December 9 and 10.