By Rick Limpert
Throw out the championship rings, MVP awards and the opinions of the talking heads, the NBA Western Conference Finals enter a new era as the action this coming weekend moves to Oklahoma City and Chesapeake Energy Arena. The arena, originally built for a song back in 2002, has undergone rounds of major improvements to make it one of the best arenas in the NBA.
In fact, there is a sign above a service elevator entrance that opens into the concourse that reads, "Through the Doorway Passes the Most Fan-Centric Arena Staff in America!"
"it's what we are known for," explains Tim Linville, Director of Marketing for Chesapeake Energy Arena and the Cox Convention Center. "We are always adding to the arena- we want the fans to comeback and experience something new."
This is all thanks to a MAPS 1% sales tax vote and the leadership of Oklahoma City Mayor, Mick Cornett. Not only is the arena is debt-free, but it undergoes improvements each and every year. New for 2016 was improved wireless connectivity along with new video boards and additional monitors throughout the arena.