Fast Facts

Chesapeake Energy Arena is home to the Oklahoma City Thunder (since the 2008-09 NBA season). The SMG managed facility has also served as home to the Oklahoma City Blazers (Central Hockey League), Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (arenafootball2), and the New Orleans Hornets (during the 2005-06 and 2006-07 NBA Seasons).

Whether it’s the action of an NBA basketball game or the excitement of a live concert or world-class event, more than one million guests create memories each year at Chesapeake Energy Arena.

While it is managed by SMG, Chesapeake Energy Arena is owned by the City of Oklahoma City and was the premier project of its visionary capital improvement program (MAPS) to finance new and upgraded sports, entertainment, cultural and convention facilities with a one-cent sales tax. Since opening in 2002, a number of improvements have been made to the facility including new restaurants, speakers, video boards and security features. On March 4, 2008, Oklahoma City voters overwhelmingly approved another temporary one-cent sales tax to fund several major upgrades.

The project featured new terrace suites and lounges, bunker suites, new and renovated locker rooms, a new grand entrance with multistory atrium, new restaurants, clubs, concession areas, team offices and a family fun zone. Click here to learn more.

Current facts and stats are listed below:

Opening Date

June 8, 2002

Construction Start

Spring 1999

Cost

$89 million

Architect

The Benham Companies

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Funding

As the premier project of MAPS, Oklahoma City’s visionary capital improvement program to finance new and upgraded sports, entertainment, cultural and convention facilities, the Ford Center was publicly financed by a temporary one-cent sales tax.

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Owner

The City of Oklahoma City

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Management Company

SMG

Tenant

Oklahoma City Thunder

Total Square Feet

586,000

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Height

  • 108 ft. from ground level to roof (exterior)
  • 130 ft. from arena floor to roof (interior)

Arena Floor

  • 22 feet below street level
  • 34,074 square feet (144’x 260’)
  • 11 miles of pipe (used to make ice)

Original Elements

  • Brick – 95,000 square feet
  • Concrete – 53,000 cubic feet
  • Structural Steel – 7,700 tons (2,100 in the roof, 5,500 in reinforcing)

Seating

  • Permanent seats – 15,341
  • Portable ADA seats – 252
  • Portable floor seats – 1,568
  • Luxury box seats – 912

Capacities

  • Concert (360°) – 16,591
  • Concert (270°) – 14,666
  • Concert (240°) – 13,486
  • Concert (180°) – 11,555
  • Concert (Theatre) – 3,613
  • Ice Rink – 15,152
  • Basketball – 18,203
  • Boxing – 16,757

Suites

  • Terrace Suites – 48 (32 north, 16 south)
  • Private Suites – 29
  • Bunker Suites - 7 (event level), 8 (entry level)

Restaurants/Clubs

  • Budweiser Brew House
  • Old No. 7 Club
  • Tri-State Lounge
  • The Commons
  • Riverwind Casino Terrace Lounge
  • Hertz Gold Terrace Lounge
  • The Pub
  • Courtside Club

Concession Outlets

38 (18 permanent, 20 portables)

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Escalators

8

Elevators

6 Passenger, 2 Freight

Restrooms

48 Total (including 12 Family Restrooms)

  • Men’s Fixtures – 145
  • Women’s Fixtures – 256

Scoreboards

  • Cost – $3.9 million
  • Weight – 46,000 pounds
  • Dimensions – 31 feet tall, 35 feet wide
  • Video Panels – 12 (10 full-motion, 10mm)
  • Additional – LED Ring

Other Video Boards

  • 2 endzone video boards
  • 1 360° LED ribbon board

TV Monitors

Over 200 throughout the concourses, restaurants, bars and even restrooms

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