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‘George Strait Day' to be declared Saturday in Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City Mayor Cornett to make proclamation in honor of Saturday concert
BY BRANDY MCDONNELL Staff Writer bmcdonnell@opubco.com Modified: January 12, 2011 at 11:29 am •  Published: January 12, 2011
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Recognizing George Strait as the top-grossing concert act in Oklahoma City Arena history, Oklahoma City Mayor Mick Cornett will proclaim Saturday ‘George Strait Day.'

The King of Country Music's concerts have generated more than $5.4 million in ticket sales and have sold more than 83,000 tickets – proving that his is the hottest concert ticket sold since the opening of the SMG managed Oklahoma City Arena in 2002.

Strait will bring his latest concert tour, featuring Oklahoma native Reba McEntire and fellow Texas country singer Lee Ann Womack, to the OKC venue at 7 p.m. Saturday.

The blockbuster tour started in 2010 and included a sold-out stop at Tulsa's BOK Center. The concert set a record for Tulsa venue, marking the first time more than 18,000 tickets have been sold for one event.

In addition, the pairing of the Texas “Troubadour” and the redheaded songstress from Chockie, along with opening act Womack, was the highest-grossing North American country tour in 2010, according to industry publication Pollstar. It grossed $41.6 million in box office receipts, placing 14th on Pollstar's all-genre Top 50 North American tours list.

Tickets are still available for the tour's Jan. 15 OKC stop and can be purchased at the OKC Arena box office, participating Ticketmaster outlets including Suncoast, FYE and Homeland stores, by phone at (800) 745-3000 or online at www.theokcarena.com and www.ticketmaster.com.

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