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Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oklahoma City Thunder

About Stadium

A multi-purpose facility in downtown Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, the Chesapeake Energy Arena is home to the National Basketball Association’s Oklahoma City Thunder.

The arena was originally called the Ford Center when it originally opened in 2002, but was changed to Oklahome City Arena in 2010, and changed again to its current name in 2011.

In addition to being the home of the Oklahoma City Thunder, it was the temporary home of the New Orleans Hornets from 2005 to 2007 while their own home court underwent repairs for damages from Hurricane Katrina.

Considered to be a state of the art design when it was originally completed, the stadium was actually designed with  minimal NBA and NHL specifications in mind.

• Capacity: 18,203

• Opened: June 8, 2002

• Location: 100 West Reno Avenue
Oklahoma City, Oklahoma 73102

History

• The arena is owned by the City of Oklahoma City and has been a major part of the downtown Oklahoma City area since the arena opened on June 8, 2002.

• The Oklahoma City Thunder announced that he had began pursuing a new naming rights deal on August 26, 2010.

• The announcement of the new naming rights deal was made on July 22, 2011 by the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Chesapeake Energy Corporation.

• Local Oklahoma City residents approved a measure to make $121.6 million in renovations to the Chesapeake Energy Arena on March 4, 2008, and add an expansive practice facility adjacent to the current stadium.

Past and Current Teams

Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) (2008–present)
New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets (NBA) (2005–2007)
Oklahoma City Blazers (CHL) (2002–2009)
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz (af2) (2004–2008)