TULSA - Sporting events have always been a popular attraction, but never before have Tulsans had so many options.
"I'm excited. I'm glad we're getting more sports here," said one resident.
As head of the Tulsa Sports Commission, it's Ray Hoyt's job to bring major sporting events, like the Bassmaster Classic, to town.
"I'm in an ongoing dialogue. We continually look at partners and opportunities and look for the events that make the most sense for our assets," said Hoyt.
Those assets, like the BOK center, also play host to home-based teams like the WNBA's Tulsa Shock.
Hoyt says strong support for hometown teams makes his job easier.
"That just makes us better and makes us more relevant in the sports market," said Hoyt.
As Tulsa's sports market grows, it means big business because sporting events pump million into the city's economy every year.
For instance, the Bassmaster Classic had a $26 million impact on the economy this year.
Hoyt says expect more growth in the future as sports increase in popularity.
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