By Darnell Mayberry Published: April 6, 2008
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/> "Whenever we develop the plans then we look and see which can be installed around existing events,” Story said. "Our major construction time will likely be from June to August and into September, because that's when it's the off-season for all of our heavy use of the Ford Center.”

Story said the city hasn't made plans for the $20 million off-site practice facility, which will be developed by the architect firms C.H. Guernsey and HOK. The city is waiting on a ruling from the NBA that the Sonics can relocate to Oklahoma City.

The NBA Board of Governors will consider the team's relocation request during league meetings in New York City on April 17 and 18. The owners will then vote on the application no sooner than seven days and no later than 30 days after a recommendation is made at the league meetings. A majority of the league's 30 owners is needed for final approval.

"When we receive positive information as far as an NBA team coming to Oklahoma City, we will gear up with (the practice facility) consultant and do the same process with it,” Story said.

"But there's plenty to consume our time right now with the Ford Center. But by the time the practice facility issues get here we'll have some of these other details with the Ford Center ironed out and it'll be down to a smooth process and we can gear up for the practice facility and get our act together on that.”

If the NBA approves the Sonics relocation, Story said, the site selection process for the practice facility will begin.

"We would be looking for a facility location that everybody feels is a good match for the team and for the city to own a facility at,” Story said. "And once you have the site located you can begin design. But it's not real prudent to begin that design until you know what your site is.

"And I haven't heard a word of what that might be. It's not a secret. We just haven't given it that much thought. We're really pretty swamped with what we're trying to get going right now. But we're plugging right along, and we're trying to do it according to how it was passed by the voters and we want to do a good job with it.”

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