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On Monday, Drake announced he would be bringing “It’s a Blur Tour—Big as the What?” to the US. The multi-Grammy-winning artist and platinum-selling rapper will be performing alongside J. Cole, also a Grammy-winning artist and the CEO of Influential Dreamville Records, in OKC on 25th Nov.
The tour is intended to stop in 18 nationwide cities and will be an extension of the “It’s a Blur Tour—Big as the What?” 2023 version which the renowned artist performed in 50 sold-out arenas.
Drake Returns to OKC
In the tour, Oklahoma City will be amongst the first venues where Drake and J. Cole will perform in a winter endeavor that will kick-start in Denver. The artist is expected to perform in the Paycom Center on January 25, 2024. Tickets went on sale for the OKC concert on November 17, 2023 and can be acquired from Ticketmaster. Presale tickets for fans with Cash App presale started on November 15.
What Other Shows Should OKC Expect at the Paycom Center in 2024?
Early 2024 will be a busy time for the Paycom Center. The entertainment hub has already produced a calendar highlighting some popular touring events—16 to be precise, which will grace the arena in the year 2024. Apart from Drake, on top of the list includes tours featuring pop-rock star Olivia Rodrigo, stand-up comedian Katt Williams, Oklahoma’s Turnpike Troubadours, Zach Bryan and family-themed attractions like the Harlem Globetrotters.
An Overview of OKC’s Paycom Center Calendar 2024
- January 19th to 20th: Turnpike Troubadours, The 400 Unit and Jason Isbell
- January 25th: Drake with J. Cole
- January 27th: Disturbed
- February 1st: TobyMac
- February 3rd: Tool
- February 17th to 18th: Monster Jam
- March 9th: Dan and Shay
- March 11th: Fall Out Boy
- March 15th: Katt Williams
- March 16th: Winter Jam 2024
- March 23rd: Harlem Globetrotters
- May 4th: AJR
- May 17th to 18th: Zach Bryan
- May 31st: NF
- July 27th: Olivia Rodrigo
- November 7th: Lainey Wilson
Touring Events in the Remaining Part of 2023
Ranging from the renowned comedian Adam Sandler to the holiday favorite Trans-Siberian Orchestra, several touring acts are bound to grace Paycom Center in the remaining part of 2023. Other events include Cody Johnson, Ringling Bros and Barnum & Bailey, Jeff Dunham, and AEW (All Elite Wrestling) with Dynamite and Rampage, which will all take place in December 2023.
2023; A Record-Breaking Year for Paycom
According to the venue spokesman, in 2023, Paycom Center is expected to smash a record by hosting 52 events inclusive of 29 touring shows. However, this number could have been higher if it were not for summer construction and upgrade projects to install new seats and scoreboards in the center.
Before then, 2022 had a record high of 37 concerts to play in the arena. The year broke the 2013 record in which the facility had hosted 29 concerts. Notably, this arena is also the home venue of the OKC Thunder Professional Basketball Team.
Some of the shows that stood out in 2023 included a stand-up comedy featuring Chris Rock and Dave Chappelle, which sold out early in January. It was also on the top ten list of the most attended shows of the 21st century in the US with over 17, 000 in attendance.
Additionally, the venue hosted one of the largest Latin concerts in May featuring Grupe Firme with over 6,000 fans in attendance. However, the biggest Latin concert in the arena occurred when Luis Miguel graced the venue with his presence and attracted over 10,500 fans at the Paycom Center a few weeks after the Grupe Firme show.