Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oklahoma City, OK

Chesapeake Energy Arena is Oklahoma’s premier arena and destination for the best in sports and entertainment. Home to the Oklahoma City Thunder of the NBA, the Chesapeake Energy Arena was also the temporary home of the NBA New Orleans Hornets for two seasons and the Oklahoma City Blazers hockey team for eight seasons. The Arena has also hosted three NCAA First and Second Round Men’s Basketball Tournaments, two NCAA Women’s Regional Basketball Tournaments, one NCAA National Wrestling Championships, the McDonald’s High School All-American Basketball Game, two Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournaments, and will host the 2014 Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament, the 2014 Division I NCAA National Wrestling Championships, and the 2014 NCAA National Women’s Volleyball Championships as well as playing host to major concerts, family events, ice shows, and the latest in show stopping entertainment.

Originally designed to meet NBA and NHL specifications, the foresight became reality in September 2009, when Oklahoma City became the temporary home of the New Orleans Hornets for the next two seasons as a result of the devastation in New Orleans from Hurricane Katrina. As a result of that experience, in 2009 Oklahoma City become the newest member of the NBA with the Oklahoma City Thunder. Situated in downtown, the arena is undergoing a $90 million renovation that is a central part of an overall renaissance in downtown Oklahoma City.

  • Seating capacity:
    • Concert (End Stage 360) – 16,591
    • Concert (End Stage 240) – 13,486
    • Basketball – 19,675
    • Hockey – 16,500
  • Luxury Box Suites
    • 36 Private Suites, 48 Terrace Suites, 11 Bunker Suites
  • Club Seats – 2,840
  • Technology
    • Daktronics 4-sided Center-Hung Video Board (8 – 10mm panels, 2 – 6mm panels, 4 – 16mm wedge panels)
    • 32mm Daktronics Fascia LED Ring
    • 75’ x 20’ Daktronics Exterior LED Video Marquee
    • 120 50” Planar Video Panels/20 Wedge Displays
Sports Tenants:
  • Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
Notable Events:
  • NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournaments: 2003, 2005, 2010
  • McDonald’s High School All American Game: 2004
  • NCAA Women’s Regional Basketball Tournaments: 2008, 2009
  • Big 12 Men’s Basketball Tournaments: 2007, 2009
  • NCAA Division I National Wrestling Championships: 2006, 2014
  • NCAA Division I Women’s National Volleyball Championship 2014
  • Big 12 Women’s Basketball Tournament 2014
  • NBA Western Conference Finals 2011
  • NBA Finals 2012
SMG Services:

SMG has been the operator of the Chesapeake Energy Arena since 2000, providing full management services, including:

  • Operations
  • Booking
  • Finance and Accounting
  • Box office
  • Event Services
  • Public Relations and Marketing
  • Marketing and Sales
  • Food and Beverage
Significant Milestones and Achievements:
  • SMG began overseeing pre-opening activities for the facility in 1999 and has continuously managed the facility since
  • SMG has generated annual advertising and sponsorship revenues at the in excess of $1.7 million for naming rights, suites, club seats and advertising
  • Since opening, SMG has hosted more than 1,000 events with attendance of more than 8 million, despite being closed for a total of almost one year due to renovations
  • Televised events include the All-College Basketball Classic, WWE Smack Down! and WWE RAW, the Mission Oklahoma City with Billy Graham Crusade, the McDonald’s All-American High School Basketball Game, several PBR and IPRA events including the PBR, the International Finals Rodeo.
  • During its first six years, SMG has also received several awards including the 2007 Prime Site Award issued by Facilities Magazine, the Oklahoma Gazette’s Best of OKC Award for Best Live Music Venue Seating 250+, and The Oklahoman Readers’ Choice Award in 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010 for best Concert Venue.
  • After opening, SMG developed a third, full-service restaurant and bar at no cost to the City of Oklahoma City on the entry level, which is accessible to all guests.
  • SMG played a major role with the City of Oklahoma City in negotiating and creating an agreement with the NBA and New Orleans Hornets for their temporary relocation to Oklahoma City.
  • SMG provided the foundational plans for the current renovations designed to meet NBA standards, increase revenue potential, and improve guest amenities.
  • SMG played a lead role with the City of Oklahoma City, Greater Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, and community leaders for site visit and presentation to the NBA Commissioner and Relocation Committee members for the acquisition of an NBA franchise for Oklahoma City.