Description: NBA Arena Upgrade Team: Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) Owner: City of Oklahoma City Developer: Professional Basketball Club. LLC Architect: Benham/Sink Combs Dethlefs CM/GC: Phase A: Wynn Construction Phase B: FlintCo Phase C: Manhattan ConstructionPhase C1: Ford AV Budget: $101,000,000 Status: Phase A Completed - January 1, 2009 Minor interior renovations and restroom renovations Phase B Completed - Fall 2009 Remodel entire interior, reconfigure bowl Phase C Completed - October 2012Arena addition and expansion plus Audio Visual Update


Seattle SuperSonics owner Clay Bennett retained ICON to support his efforts to replace the outdated KeyArena in Seattle with a new venue. ICON developed several arena design concepts on multiple sites, generated cost models and construction schedules, and produced a detailed operating pro-forma, all aimed at finding a venue solution in Seattle. With limited public and political support in Seattle for a new arena, the SuperSonics moved to Oklahoma City and became the Oklahoma City Thunder.

ICON’s engagement extended to include representing the team’s interests in the $100 million renovation of Ford Center, now named Chesapeake Energy Arena, and the new $19 million Thunder training center. ICON provided direct interface with the NBA on all venue and relocation issues and was the team’s liaison with the City of Oklahoma City overseeing the Chesapeake Energy Arena improvements.


Rob Stephens, Technical Advisor


Venue Programming and Alteration Strategy
Concept Design Oversight
Design Development Management
Vendor Procurement Recommendations
Construction Phase Observation
NBA Compliance Liaison

Without question, we have selected the very best in the world for this complex and challenging project. ICON and Tim Romani have the global credentials to provide us with the expert advice we need. The selection of ICON takes this process to a whole new level.

Clayton Bennett

Chairman and Managing General Partner of the Professional Basketball Club

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