A Stokely family legacy, Stokely Event Center evolved from the Stokely family billboard business, Stokely Outdoor Advertising, that Bill & Sarah Stokely began in 1978. They acquired the historic building in 1984 and began constructing and painting billboards. Bill Stokely was innovative and ahead of the curve in elevating their billboard business, often flying potential customers around in their helicopter to get a competitive landscape view of the market.
The Stokely’s ran their business successfully for the next two decades and eventually sold out to Lamar as the industry segwayed from hand-painted signs to the computer-generated vinyl wraps of today. With an empty warehouse and a penchant for creativity and business savvy, the Stokely’s acquired several neon and petroleum signs and re-purposed the Stokely Outdoor Advertising warehouse to the now Stokely Event Center and began hosting events in 2007.
Sam and Jill Stokely ran Stokely Event Center for the next ten years making it a landmark location for hosting all types of events and one of “Tulsa’s most unique venues.” Sarah Stokely resumed running the business in 2018 with a passion to build upon a solid foundation put in place by Sam and Jill. Easily spotted from the busy Broken Arrow Expressway and intersecting with Highway 169, many visitors will still comment, “I didn’t know you were here!”
Stokely Event Center truly has the wow factor. Stop by for an in-person tour and see the Stokely Event Center live, while the pictures are captivating, there is just nothing like seeing the real thing in person!