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BY MIKE BALDWIN Modified: January 20, 2009 at 4:56 am •  Published: January 20, 2009

e goal is to have the new facility completed in time for 2010-2011 season training camp.

"This will be the player’s office,” Bennett said. "Many times it is home for a lot of the guys. They spend a lot of time in here. We want to make it the best it can be.”

The Thunder is practicing at a temporary facility, a 30,000-square-foot building purchased for $3.65 million from Performance Sports Center. Last fall, the Oklahoma City council approved a $1.5 million contract with HOK Sport to design the permanent facility after team officials selected an eight-acre tract of land.

Oklahoma City voters last March approved a 1-cent sales tax to pay for $100 million in renovations on the Ford Center and $21 million toward a new practice facility. The tax began this month and runs for 15 months.