Renovations to make Oklahoma City’s Ford Center ready for the SuperSonics basketball team will begin this summer and are scheduled to be completed by the fall of 2010.
The city planned all along to follow the same construction schedule, regardless of whether the team moved to Oklahoma City in time for the 2008-2009 season or was forced to play two more years in Seattle to fulfill a Seattle lease agreement, said Tom Anderson, special projects coordinator for Oklahoma City.
Brighter lighting and upgrades to wiring and the broadcast infrastructure will be made this summer, Anderson said. NBA staff members identified these as things that needed to be done immediately to facilitate television broadcasts of games, Anderson said.
City officials have identified several other improvements they would like to have completed by the end of 2008 to improve things for the public and enhance team revenues, he said. Improvements to restrooms, event sponsor areas, bunker suites, and a private club would fit in that category, he said.
The most massive improvements will be put off until after the Big 12 basketball tournament and women’s regional tournament in March 2009 to avoid inconveniencing fans, Anderson said.