Oklahoma City council approves plans for Thunder practice facility

BRYAN DEAN Published: July 8, 2009

Oklahoma City will take bids later this month from contractors who want to build a $15.5 million NBA practice facility for the Oklahoma City Thunder.

The city council approved final plans for the project Tuesday. The council also awarded a multitude of contracts for pieces of a $100 million renovation of the Ford Center to bring it to NBA standards.

The practice facility will be located near Britton Road and the Broadway Extension. It will include practice courts, locker rooms, a strength and conditioning area, sports medicine area, team offices and storage areas along with furniture, fixtures and equipment.

The practice facility and the Ford Center renovations are being paid for by a sales tax approved by voters last year.

The council on Tuesday awarded a $2 million contract to AZCAR USA Inc for audio and video production equipment at the Ford Center. Council members also approved an $860,000 contract with Micros Systems Inc. for a new point of sales system and a $247,000 contract with ANC Sports for a new scorer's table.

The city is also seeking bids for a new media table, expected to cost $100,000. Bids for that project will be accepted later this month.

Each of the Ford Center projects is expected to be finished in the fall. The practice facility is scheduled to be ready for the 2010-2011 NBA season.