Photo courtesy of Bryan Terry & The Oklahoman.

Chesapeake Energy Arena Approved For $2.4 Million Facelift

A brand-new hardwood floor is just one of the upgrades for the upcoming season, as NewsOK’s William Crum reports. After getting the skinny from the City Manager’s Office’s Special Project Manager (Wow! Try saying that one 3 times in a row, as fast as you can.), Tom Anderson, here’s the full story on the $2.4 million renewal project:

Suites are being reconfigured to be more functional, while adding a few additional seats. Club level carpeting will also be replaced. According to Crum’s report, the low bid came in around $916,000, which is about $200,000 below the estimated cost.

The city estimates the cost of the new hardwood court at around $200,000 as well. As Anderson said of the old hardwood, which has been used since the team first tipped-off in Oklahoma City:

“I’m sure it’s been used more than 300 times. It’s run the course of its useful life.”

The space set aside for players’ families will be nearly doubled to 2,600 square feet.

An old minor league hockey team’s locker room will be converted into office space for touring concert promoters. The cost estimate for both the players’ family room and the additional office space comes in at an estimated $600,000. Although the lowest bids on the job exceeded that by well over $200,000. One bid even came in to the tune of $870,000.

But it turns out there’s a reason for the overbid. The floor needs to be completed no later than September 30th. So the most likely explanation is that the contractors placing bids on it are factoring in overtime pay for their employees.

And finally, new video boards are being put in to the tune of $500,000, which is actually about $400,000 below projected costs. So it looks like the overbid for the new hardwood floor will be easily offset by all of the money they saved on the video boards. Ka-CHING! (I rarely ever get to use onomatopoeias when writing, so I’m taking this opportunity now.)

Although the one upgrade they missed was adding additional leg room to the stadium seating, as it’s the one problem I experience constantly in that stadium. It’s almost like you have to place all of your gear directly in your lap, as you don’t really even have a place to put your feet unless it’s on the back of the seat in front of you. And I’m sure the guy in front of you (heavy sarcasm upcoming) loves that experience.

Either way, fans piling into Chesapeake Energy Arena for the upcoming NBA season can expect a huge host of new amenities to accommodate them. We’ll just have to wait and see how this plays out.

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