This city-owned 18,203 seat arena opened in 2002. It has been the home of the NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder since 2008 and was the temporary home of the New Orleans Hornets in 2005-07 following Hurricane Katrina. The defunct Oklahoma City Blazers minor league hockey team and Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz arena football team also played here.
It was known as the Ford Center from 2002-10 in a sponsorship deal made with the Oklahoma Ford Dealers. The NBA team negotiated a 12-year naming rights deal with the Chesapeake Energy Corporation in the summer of 2011.
By milwhcky @ 2007-05-01 13:05:46