Expansion and Renovations Resume
Remodeling is complete outside the building near I-40 and Robinson where a new grand entrance was added during this final phase of renovations.
Additions and improvements that were made during this final phase include:
- The new grand entry with a multi-story atrium.
- A new 75’ wide x 21’ tall exterior video display on the north face of the facility.
- New restaurants and lounges. (View renderings of additions to the Cox Club Level.)
- A family fun zone.
- Team offices and expanded locker rooms.
During 2009, the SMG-managed facility closed for five months during the summer to complete the second phase of improvements which included:
- Upgraded lighting and finishes on the upper level concourse (aka “LoudCity”).
- New Terrace Suites and Lounges on the club level.
- New telescopic (retractable) and upgraded seating in the lower bowl.
- State-of-the-art scoreboard and production facilities.
- Locker room renovations.
During 2010, renovations continued with upgrades to concession areas and more.
Visible improvements inside the arena bowl include the fully digital scoreboard (31 feet tall, and 35 feet wide) and the upgraded video displays at each end of the arena, all of which are now controlled from new state-of-the-art production facilities.
In the lower bowl, fans enjoy the new telescopic (retractable seating) and wider, more luxurious leather seats.
On the club level, the 48 new terrace suites and two new terrace lounges make a big impression and add to the premium seating options available. Additional seating upgrades include redecorating the remaining luxury suites, and adding new bunker suites on the lower levels.
Outside the arena bowl, the upper level concourse now features redesigned floors, lighting and flat-screen television monitors for a brighter, more fan-friendly atmosphere.
Improvements made during the first phase of the project include the installation of high definition capable broadcast wiring and a new lighting system, which were completed prior to the first home game of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s inaugural season. Restrooms throughout the facility also received major upgrades during the initial phase of renovations, and now feature granite countertops, eye-catching tile, flat-screen televisions and more.
Funding is provided by a one-cent sales tax overwhelmingly approved by Oklahoma City voters on March 4, 2008 to fund major upgrades to Chesapeake Energy Arena and build an off-site practice facility for an NBA franchise. The 15-month tax took effect on January 1, 2009.