Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Chesapeake Energy Arena

Oklahoma’s premiere professional sports arena is located in downtown Oklahoma City. The building was built in 2002 and was originally named the Ford Center, due to a sponsorship change the building is currently called The Chesapeake Energy Arena. Conveniently located at the I-35 and I-40 intersection this building is in the geographic center of America. The Oklahoma City Thunder call the place home as well as many other minor league sports teams. The building is constructed like a big oval that places fans right on top of the action of concerts and NBA games.

My encounter with the building was during a regular season Thunder game in 2014. Entering the arena reviled not many luxury’s, no excessive technology or elaborate construction was utilized in the structure which comes as a surprise considering many rival arenas spared no cost in the construction. The building left a positive impression and the ideal impression of Oklahoma onto myself with straightforward and effective design elements utilized in the buildings construction. The building represents the advancement of Oklahoma as a state because prior to the construction of the building Oklahoma had no professional sports team. After completion the New Orleans Hornets were temporarily housed in the arena and following overwhelming success in the market investors bought the Seattle SuperSonics, appropriately renamed the team The Thunder, and moved the team to Oklahoma City to play in the arena.

Morgan Mays


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