Tulsa’s BOK Center : Mayor Kathy Taylor Booed

Saturday October 25, 2008 will be a day that Mayor Kathy Taylor and indeed, Tulsa will not soon forget.

Walking up to the recently finished BOK Center I was looking forward to the first ever Tulsa Oilers hockey game at the high-priced downtown behemoth. The visage approaching the center was lit with alternating colored lights. Winding around the outside leading in, the crowds were exited and generally positive.

Music floating through downtown from a live band playing just a few feet from the entrance gave the atmosphere an added level of anticipation. After a few minutes looking for a parking space, and consequently giving up being within a small walking distance, the car was parked and my family proceeded to the arena.

The crowd was lighter than the local radio and news reported it would be. I knew the plans were to get a record attendance for any CHL game and so many in the crowd had free tickets that were provided from local vendors. Early arrivers were able to get through the doors without any wait.

A few moments later the crowd was seated and the color guard, red carpet, and various politicos were out on the ice. The flags were shown and the anthem was sung. So far the evening was going as expected.

The crowd was mostly quiet and laid back. Then Mayor Kathy Taylor took the microphone. Before she could begin speaking, the whole crowd began to “Boo”. The booing lasted for a few beats. However, taking it all in stride, the Mayor began her welcome speech for the Oilers at the new arena. After a feigned attempt to connect with the crowd by dawning an Oilers jersey, the Mayor asked the “1,000” construction workers in attendance who helped build the center to stand for applause. While this was a clever move to put the crowd back on her side, the Mayor must have miscounted, since those who were standing were clearly less than 1,000 people.

I guess public figures all have a problem with math.

The Mayor quickly rapped up the pep-talk and allowed the show to go on. The proceedings continued. Later on, during the second period break the crowd got another opportunity to show the public opinion of Mayor Taylor. On the wide screen scoreboard, there she was in her office in a pre-recorded video greeting those in attendance for supporting Tulsa and the new arena.

The boos came flying in from all in attendance again. The interesting part about the second volley of disapproval was that both Tulsa fans and OKC fans were booing. That’s right, the arch-rivals who fight at every opportunity, came together in one moment to show how they felt about the current Mayor.

Mayor Taylor, you may think you have the public on your side, and you may think that over taxing and over spending can be overlooked or covered up by fancy light shows and live music. You may think that you can come to a hockey game and the fans will be dumb enough to believe you are one of them. You can think a lot of things, but you can’t ignore this one fact. Tulsa does not want you as Mayor and we will not be forgetting how your “CEO” approach has done nothing but cost us more money. You may want to do something about that before you come out to the next event and try to fake being for Tulsa.

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  1. […] Saturday October 25, 2008 will be a day that Mayor Kathy Taylor and indeed, Tulsa will not soon forget…The crowd was mostly quiet and laid back. Then Mayor Kathy Taylor took the microphone. Before she could begin speaking, the whole crowd began to “Boo”…(The Peregrin Falcon) […]



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