Whether it’s the action of an NBA basketball game or the excitement of a live concert or world-class event, more than one million guests create memories each year at Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Since opening its doors, Chesapeake Energy Arena has hosted more than 1,200 events and over 10 million fans and home to the Oklahoma City Thunder. The Arena also plays host to major concerts, sporting events, family shows and world-class entertainment.
Chesapeake Energy Arena is conveniently located just off Interstate 40 in downtown Oklahoma City.
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Chesapeake Energy Arena has hosted numerous sold-out events, including concert performances by Bon Jovi, Britney Spears, Cher, Justin Bieber, Eric Clapton, George Strait, Kenny Chesney, Lady Gaga, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill, Jason Aldean, Jay-Z and more. To date, Paul McCartney, Elton John and Billy Joel, the Rolling Stones, Fleetwood Mac and the Eagles are among the top grossing artists to play the Chesapeake Energy Arena.
Major sporting events have included the 2004 McDonald's High School All-American Game, 2007 and 2009 Big 12 Men's Basketball Championships and 2014 Big 12 Women's Basketball Championship. Oklahoma City has also had the privilege of hosting the NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Championship First and Second Rounds in 2003, 2005 and 2010, NCAA Women’s Basketball Regionals in 2008, 2009, 2013 and 2015 and the NCAA Division I Men’s Wrestling Championships in 2006 and 2014. Chesapeake Energy Arena hosted its first NCAA Women’s Volleyball Championship in December 2014.
A number of the other major events hosted by Chesapeake Energy Arena have been televised nationally and/or internationally including Mission Oklahoma City with Billy Graham in 2003, WWE's Unforgiven pay-per-view in 2005, the Oklahoma Centennial Spectacular in 2007 and the Healing in the Heartland: Relief Benefit Concert in 2013 to benefit storm victims in Oklahoma.
Family shows and other special events have also had a significant presence on our schedule. In fact, Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey was the first event to play Chesapeake Energy Arena in June 2002. The Greatest Show on Earth then returned for a series of June performances in 2004, 2006 and 2008. But, it was not the only “circus” to make repeat appearances. Cirque du Soleil has visited Oklahoma City with DELIRIUM in both 2006 and 2007, Saltimbanco in 2008, Dralion in 2012 and Michael Jackson THE IMMORTAL World Tour in 2014. The Harlem Globetrotters, Monster Jam, Sesame Street Live, Lipizzaner Stallions, and The Wiggles have also made multiple appearances on the arena’s calendar, as having holiday performances by Mannheim Steamroller, Bill Gaither, and Friends, and the increasingly popular Trans-Siberian Orchestra. In 2008, the Radio City Christmas Spectacular made its Oklahoma City debut during the show's first ever arena tour.