Oklahoma City voters overwhelmingly approved a temporary one-cent sales tax on March 4, 2008 to fund major upgrades to Oklahoma City’s arena (formerly known as the Ford Center) and build an off-site practice facility for an NBA franchise.
The proposal passed 61.9 percent (44,849) to 38.1 percent (27,564).
The penny sales tax generated $105.2 million over 15 months, began when the MAPS for Kids tax expired on December 31, 2008.
Improvement plans include:
The transformation can be seen on the Chesapeake Energy Arena’s website.
All enhancements, including the training facility, will be owned by the City of Oklahoma City.