Jeff Nickler has headed out west, wrapping a successful ten-year career at the BOK Center in Tulsa to accept a job with Tim Leiweke as s.v.p. of the 28-member Arena Alliance for Oak View Group.

Nickler has worked at BOK Center since 2008 and helped open the building that same year with former GM John Bolton. Nickler was promoted to general manager in February 2014 and has helped the SMG-managed arena win a number of top honors including the 2018 Arena of the Year award from the International Entertainment Buyers Association, and celebrated the building’s ten-year anniversary with its most successful 12 months of concerts ever.

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At OVG, Nickler will manage the Arena Alliance, a network of 28 world-class arenas that are home to more than 50 professional teams and 65 million fans annually including Madison Square Garden in New York, the Golden 1 Center in Sacramento, American Airlines Center in Dallas and Scotiabank Arena in Toronto, as well as new venue projects in Seattle and Austin, Texas.

Nickler tells Amplify he will work with director of booking and content Eric Gardner to help drive content to the Arena Alliance, and work with promoters and tours to look for booking opportunities within OVG. He will also work with OVG’s Global Partnerships Division to develop sponsorship opportunities, as well as work on information sharing and collaboration projects.

“For me it was an opportunity that I couldn’t pass up,” Nickler tells Amplify. “I’m fortunate to be part of their positive disruption of business as usual in the sports and entertainment industry.”

Nickler will report directly to Leiweke and work from the companies headquarters in Los Angeles. Nickler started his career at the Ritz Carlton in Miami and is a graduate of the University of West Virginia.

Nickler can be reached at [email protected]