By Randy Ellis Published: July 2, 2008
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p /> Following those tournaments, the Ford Center will have to be closed down for a couple months — at least as far as concert activities are concerned — so major construction work can be done, Anderson said.

During that time, a warm up area will be built in the southeastern part of the Ford Center, a loading dock with a covered shelter will be built and other major construction work will be done.

Improvements will continue until the fall of 2010, with an off site practice facility also being built.

Oklahoma City residents voted March 4 to extend a 1-cent sales tax 15 months to pay for $100 million in improvements to the Ford Center and construction of a new $20 million practice facility for the Sonics’ basketball team.

Randy Ellis: 475-3522, rellis@oklahoman.com



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