Originally Posted by WilliamTheArtist
Thanks for the positive responses. There are a lot of backward, conservative, naysayers here who don't like it at all. I think we should be proud of it, not knock it and say its ugly. So its helpful to hear people, from other parts of the country who are accustomed to things that are forward thinking and out of the norm, be supportive of this type of thing here. Its nice to be able to tell people what you have said. Many of the locals would have rather have had something brick and old fashioned. I am glad there were enough people with the guts to go against the grain and push for something above average and unique. I hope we continue down that path.
Thanks again for the positive comments.
I'm from Tulsa, and I would have expected it to have built a concrete box to replace the old convention center, due to this prevailing lack of vision that pervades the city (which is one of the reasons I left), so I'm really glad it hasn't. Tulsa is a charming city, if a certain slow, inexpensive, but still quality life is what you're after, and up to now, that conservatism has stretched to architecture as well. (The collection of Art Deco skyscrapers downtown are beautiful, but those are from an age when Tulsa was important in the world - plus, the city is slowly turning all of downtown into a giant parking lot, so they may not last that much longer...) But Tulsa deserves modern beautiful things too, to sustain peoples' souls in this age. Perhaps this arena will inspire other Tulsans who want to build a building to spend some money.
And, Tulsa was always better than OKC. OKC is a giant field with a run-down strip mall every half-mile and the capitol building in the center.