New OKC Thunder arena development agreement to be considered Tuesday

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The City of Oklahoma City is moving along with the next stage of the Oklahoma City Thunder’s new arena, the location.

Oklahoma City officials have confirmed on Friday that the proposed location will be up for vote on the agenda for the city council meeting on May 21 at 8:30 a.m.

The Thunder’s new arena location would be “generally located between Sheridan Avenue and Reno Avenue and Robinson Avenue and E.K. Gaylord Boulevard. Ward 7,” which is located at the former site of the Cox Convention Center.

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“We fully support the selection of that site for the new arena and we look forward to what’s ahead for downtown Oklahoma City,” said Dan Mahoney, vice president of Broadcasting and Corporate Communications for the OKC Thunder.

According to the press release, the agreement will be made between the city and PBC Sports & Entertainment, the current owners of the OKC Thunder and OKC Blue.

The funding of the new arena was voted and approved on back in December 2023.

The $900 million arena will be at least 750,000 square feet and will include the construction of a new parking garage on the arena site with at least 650 spaces.

The City of Oklahoma City included an overview of the agreement:


  • OKC agrees to spend a minimum of $900 million on the new arena. The new arena will be funded by (listed in order of how the money will be spent):

  • Any surplus revenue from the one-cent special sales tax after the arena’s construction and repayment of financing costs will be allocated to capital improvements and maintenance of the new arena.

  • The agreement acknowledges that there are no other sources of revenue to fund the new arena, and so the agreement provides that if the costs appear to exceed available budgeted funds, the parties will work together to value engineer the project. PBCS&E can privately fund portions of the project to avoid removing them through value engineering.


  • The agreement identifies the City-owned former site of the Cox Convention Center as the site of the new arena. The City will own and be responsible for maintaining and operating the new arena.

  • Approximately 1.4 acres of the site will be reserved for a potential future intercity transit hub.

  • PBCS&E can negotiate with the City for a ground lease to develop any unused property on the new arena site at market rate, with revenue from the lease to be used for the arena’s maintenance and improvements.


  • The agreement outlines a collaborative process between the City and PBCS&E in the planning and construction of the building.

  • The City and PBCS&E will work together to select the arena’s project consultant, engineer, architect, design and other aspects of construction.

  • The new arena will be at least 750,000 square feet.

  • The new arena will be built to:

    • Benefit the residents of Oklahoma City.

    • Meet NBA specifications and requirements.

    • Maximize team revenues, ensuring the sustainability of major league professional sports in Oklahoma City.

  • The project includes the construction of a new parking garage on the arena site with at least 650 spaces.


  • The Thunder will continue to play home games at the Paycom Center until the new arena opens.

  • The agreement maintains the completion date of 2029 as outlined in the letter of intent but provides a path to a target completion date of June 2028, with a contractual obligation to open the new arena by June 2030.

  • The Thunder’s 25-year commitment to remain in Oklahoma City begins when they move into the new arena.

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