Ford Center’s Modified Upgrades
The plan to upgrade the
The city board shaved $9 million off the original $121 million price tag to upgrade the 19,711-capacity arena and build a practice facility for the Thunder after a voter-approved, one-cent sales tax launched in 2009 and ended March 31 didn’t raise as much as expected.
The estimated budget for the center upgrades is now at $91.7 million, down from around $100 million. The practice facility is down to a $14.4 million estimate instead of $20 million.
The practice facility is scheduled for completion by mid-September.
The arena renovation will continue this summer and construction on the final phase, which includes a grand entrance, will begin next year. That work is expected to be completed before the Thunder’s 2011-2012 season.