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BOK Center invites the public to Valentine's Day Skate Date

by Brandy McDonnell Published: January 27, 2009

Tulsa’s BOK Center has announced a new Valentine’s Day event that will give the public the opportunity to take center ice inside the arena and skate beneath a mirrored disco ball.

Skate Date at the BOK Center will be from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. Feb. 14, 2009 and will be the first time the general public is invited to ice skate on the arena’s expansive indoor frozen floor, according to a news release. The NHL regulation-sized 17,000-square-foot surface will have a nostalgic ambiance courtesy of music, a disco ball, and festive lighting.

Skate rentals will be available for $9 per person or $5 for children younger than 3. Patrons who choose to bring their own skates will pay only $5. Admission for spectators into the arena is free.

The event is an enjoyable way for families, children, teenagers, and couples to spend Valentine’s Day. All concession stands will be open and alcoholic beverages will be available for guests of legal age. The BOK Center’s grand lobby will feature an area for photographs, holiday merchandise sales, and long-stem roses available for purchase. Outside the glass wall on Third Street, Dreamcatcher Carriages will offer horse and buggy rides through downtown Tulsa.

The Tulsa Figure Skating Club will showcase several of their artistic figure skaters at Skate Date during three 10-minute breaks after the ice is resurfaced. The exhibitions, slated for 12:15, 2 and 3:30 p.m., will feature athletes ages 10-18, and will be sanctioned by the United States Figure Skating Association.

MIX96 FM, the official radio partner for Skate Date, is also offering its female listeners the opportunity to have a one-of-a kind experience on Valentine’s Day. Ladies are invited to register online at the station’s website ( to win a private party on center ice at Skate Date for themselves and five of their girlfriends. The winners will receive a three-course catered dinner, roses and chocolates at a private linen-covered table surrounded by velvet ropes in the middle of the ice rink.

“Skate Date is a rare opportunity to bring the family or a significant other and skate inside the BOK Center on an NHL regulation-sized hockey rink. Our outdoor ice rink at Winterfest was a resounding success so we decided to bring the fun indoors. For those Tulsans who haven’t had a chance yet to be our guests at the new arena, this is a perfect time to come downtown and take a visit, free of charge,” said BOK Center Assistant General Manager Jerry Goldman in the release.

The Valentine’s Day event complements a stellar line-up of shows inside the BOK Center this season. Tickets are still available for Larry the Cable Guy, Smucker’s Stars on Ice, Trace Adkins, Slipknot, the Lippizzaner Stallions, New Kids on the Block, Nickleback, Sesame Street Live, and Fleetwood Mac.

The official media partners of Skate Date at the BOK Center are Urban Tulsa Weekly, Cox Radio, Inc. (MIX96 FM) and FOX23 Tulsa. Other participating sponsors include Cubic, Inc., Crowne Plaza Hotel, Tulsa Figure Skating Club, and Dreamcatcher Carriages.

For more information, go to Special discounted rates for ice skating are available for groups of 10 or more; contact Jeff Nickler, special events manager, at (918) 894-4254. Reservations are only necessary for guests who wish to register for group rates.


by Brandy McDonnell
Entertainment Reporter
Brandy McDonnell, also known by her initials BAM, writes stories and reviews on movies, music, the arts and other aspects of entertainment. She is NewsOK’s top blogger: Her 4-year-old entertainment news blog, BAM’s Blog, has notched more than 1...
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