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COPY-Thousands help open BOK Center

Associated Press - August 31, 2008 4:25 PM ET

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Thousands of Tulsans helped open Tulsa's new 18,500-seat BOK Center in a festival-like event in with people lined up to see entertainers and gawk at the facility's grand lobby and iconic glass wall.

BOK Center General Manager John Bolton says yesterday's event was initially expected to draw about 10,000 visitors. After seeing the early crowds, that estimate was bumped to 20,000.

Garth Brooks, the Hanson brothers, architect Cesar Pelli, government leaders and other dignitaries took part in the opening ceremony, helping cut the red ribbon at the main entrance of the $178 million facility before the public was let inside.

Brooks, an Oklahoma native and country superstar, alluded to one day possibly performing at the new venue.

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