Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Energy Arena
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The 586,000 square foot, multipurpose arena, first known as the Ford Center, was built as one of the primary MAPS initiatives passed by Oklahoma City voters in late 1993. Original construction began in 1999 and was completed in June of 2002 at a cost of $89 million. The architect for the project was the The Benham Companies, and the Chesapeake Energy Arena is operated by SMG.

In spring 2008, OKC voters approved extensive renovations in anticipation of the NBA's arrival.  After naming rights with Ford dealers were terminated in 2010, the facility was briefly known as the Oklahoma City Arena before a 12-year sponsorship agreement re-named it the Chesapeake Energy Arena in the summer of 2011.

The Chesapeake Energy Arena hosts:

Find out what major and/or recurring events are coming to the Chesapeake Energy Arena using the monthly event calendars.

Location & Directions:

Oklahoma City's Chesapeake Energy Arena is located downtown on Reno Avenue between Robinson and E.K. Gaylord, just north of I-40. 

If arriving from the east or west on I-40, take the Shields exit and proceed north to the arena.  Those coming from the north or south on I-35 can take I-40 westbound to Shields, or take I-235 and exit at Sheridan to approach the arena from Bricktown.

Get information on nearby event parking.


Tickets for any Chesapeake Energy Arena event noted above can be purchased through those individual entities or by calling the Chesapeake Energy Arena box office at (800) 745-3000. In addition, tickets can be ordered online or at Ticketmaster outlets such as Homeland and some Walmarts.

Box office payment options include cash, Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover cards.


Seating capacity and layouts differ depending upon the event, but the Chesapeake Energy Arena holds 18,203 for Thunder games and nearly 17,000 for major concerts and shows.  A number of wheelchair accessible seating areas are also available throughout the arena.


The Chesapeake Energy Arena features seven party suites, 29 private suites and 48 terrace suites. Around the arena are numerous restrooms and concessions, and it is equipped with elevators and escalators along the outer area. Restaurants on site include the Jack Daniels Old No. 7 Club, the Budweiser Brew House Carvery, Blue Pit BBQ.

Nearby Hotels & Lodging:

Traveling to Oklahoma City for a Thunder game or another event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Here are some hotel options within walking distance.  Also, explore other excellent hotels in downtown OKC or nearby Bricktown.

  • Courtyard Downtown
    • 2 West Reno
  • Renaissance Hotel
    • Ten North Broadway
  • Sheraton Hotel
    • One North Broadway
  • The Skirvin Hotel
    • One Park Avenue
  • Colcord Hotel
    • 15 N Robinson
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