I recently attended a concert at the BOK center in Tulsa, OK. Ive been here a couple of times before and never really took to time to notice how beautiful the arena really is. It offers a beautiful exterior, amazing views of the tulsa downtown skyline and great interior spaces that make it seem more like an upscale shopping mall than an activity venue. It amazing how the trends have changed over the years in respect to Concert/Sporting Arenas. Its amazing how much more thought and detail work is put into these kinds of venues when in the past they were more of just a big square or circle.
Ive noticed a trend among Arena Designers that shift attention to making the centers into works of art and not just a big square building that holds 10s of thousands of people. Look all around the world and you will see examles of how these staidums are becoming works of art. I for one believe that the Arena is part of the whole activity experience. When your arena is hot and new, the feeling is more upbeat and fun then if its in a dingy ditry old arena from the 1950's. Ive visited both and the first one is much better. There is the need to pay respect towards the Areans of our past, but these new ones are bigger, brighter, and pay much more attention to the customer service side of the venue.