Central National Bank has entered into a 10-year agreement with Spectra and the city of Enid for naming rights of Enid Event Center. The facility now will be known as Central National Bank Center.

“Central National Bank has been a strong supporter of the Enid Event Center since the day they opened their doors and (we) have been extremely impressed with the quantity and quality of entertainment it has brought to our town,” said R.S. “Brud” Baker, CEO, Central National Bank. “We are excited that Central has been selected as the naming rights partner, which allows us to continue and enhance our commitment to improving both the economic vitality and quality of life of Enid and the surrounding communities. This opportunity allows us to keep our long standing dedication of making the communities we serve a better place to live and work.”

Terms of the agreement were not disclosed.

A week-long celebration will begin with a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 10:30 a.m. June 14 to introduce the new name, followed by Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo in concert June 16, and Alabama on June 18.

“The city is very excited that Central National Bank has partnered with Spectra on the naming rights to the facility,” said City Manager Jerald Gilbert. “This partnership is a perfect fit with Central National Bank and continues to help complete the original vision of this vibrant downtown facility.”

The partnership, arranged by Spectra by Comcast Spectacor, will be effective immediately, and new signage will be unveiled over the next few months, beginning at the ribbon-cutting ceremony.

“Central National Bank is a founding partner of the Enid Event Center and we are proud to put their name on this facility” said Spectra’s Kevin Boryczki, general manager of Central National Bank Center. “This partnership is another example of Central National Bank’s dedication and commitment to Enid, the surrounding communities and this facility.”

The 3,200-seat Central National Bank Center has become the premier entertainment destination and banquet facility of Northwest Oklahoma, Boryczki said. The center has been managed by Spectra since 2012. Spectra has brought a multitude of concerts by internationally recognized artists to Enid, including Reba McEntire, Darius Rucker, Alan Jackson, Little Big Town, Willie Nelson, The Beach Boys and most recently Vince Gill. The center also played host to the 2016 Oklahoma Speaker’s Ball and Fireball Run. Since opening in 2012, Spectra has booked more than 1,300 events for the facility.

Spectra by Comcast Spectacor has partnered with more than 300 clients at 400 global properties for millions of visitors every year. Comcast Spectacor is part of Comcast Corporation, a Fortune 50 media and technology company that operates Comcast Cable and NBCUniversal. Headquartered in Philadelphia, Comcast Spectacor also owns and operates the National Hockey League’s Philadelphia Flyers and the Wells Fargo Center.

Story by:  Enid News & Eagle

Written by:  Kevin Hassler, Associate Editor