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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. Then, on March 4, 2008, Oklahoma City voters overwhelmingly approved another temporary one-cent sales tax to fund several major upgrades. The project features new terrace suites and lounges, bunker suites, new and renovated locker rooms, as well as plans for a new grand entrance, multistory atrium, new restaurants, clubs, concession areas, team offices and a family fun zone, which are all scheduled for completion in 2012.   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
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.
Owner: The City of Oklahoma City
Management Company: SMG
Tenant: Oklahoma City Thunder
Total Square Feet: 586,000
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  
Concrete  
Structural Steel  


95,000 square feet
53,000 cubic feet
7,700 tons (2,100 in the roof, 5,500 in reinforcing)
Seating:
Permanent seats
Portable ADA seats
Portable floor seats
Luxury box seats:


15,341
252
1,568
912

Capacities:
Concert (360°)
Concert (270°)
Concert (240°)
Concert (180°)
Concert (Theatre)
Ice Rink
Basketball
Boxing

 
16,591
14,666
13,486
11,555
3,613
15,152
18,203
16,757

Suites:
Terrace Suites
Private Suites
Bunker Suites


48 (32 north, 16 south)
29
7 (event level), 8 (entry level)

Restaurants/Clubs: Old No. 7 Club
Victory Bar & Buffet
Sunset Bistro
Riverwind Casino Terrace Lounge
Hertz Gold Terrace Lounge
The Pub
Courtside Club
Concession Outlets: 38 (18 permanent, 20 portable)
Escalators: 8
Elevators: 6 Passenger, 2 Freight
Restrooms:
Men's Fixtures
Women's Fixtures
48 Total (including 12 Family Restrooms)
145
256
Restrooms:
Men's Fixtures
Women's Fixtures
48 Total (including 12 Family Restrooms)
145
256
Scoreboard:
Cost
Weight
Dimensions
Video Panels
Additional
 


$3.9 million
46,000 pounds
31 feet tall, 35 feet wide
12 (10 full-motion, 10mm)
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