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 Spectacor Management Group.

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.

Get a detailed map to the Chesapeake Energy Arena that includes directions from all entry points. And get more 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 18,023 for Thunder games, 15,152 for hockey and nearly 17,000 for major concerts.

 A number of wheelchair accessible seating areas are also available throughout the arena.


The Chesapeake Energy Arena features 7 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 Old No. 7 Club, The Courtside Club and The Commons.

In spring 2008, OKC voters approved extensive Chesapeake Energy Arena renovations in anticipation of the NBA's arrival.

Nearby Hotels & Lodging:

Traveling to Oklahoma City for an event at the Chesapeake Energy Arena. Here are some hotel options within walking distance: