The Chesapeake Energy Arena (formerly the Ford Center) is a five-level, three-concourse, multi-purpose arena that was designed in 2002 to easily be upgraded to meet NBA standards. When the Thunder arrived in Oklahoma City for their inaugural season in 2008, the original design team provided design services to convert the Oklahoma City Arena into a state-of-the art home for the NBA team.
The new work focused on improving the fan experience and upgrading facilities to meet the highest standards of the NBA. The project was developed in multiple phases allowing the majority of the work to be completed between NBA seasons. The centerpiece of the project is a new building expansion and three-story lobby facing southwest towards a future city park. The addition wraps around the south side of the building, upgrading and modernizing the most public face of the arena. The upper two levels of the southwest wing now serve as the home offices of the Oklahoma City Thunder. In addition, the existing north entries were expanded, and every level of the arena was renovated to provide an unparalleled spectator experience.
The renovation transformed a well-designed arena into a dynamic venue and Chesapeake Energy Arena has been recognized as one of the most exciting places to view a sporting or entertainment event.