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New for 2011: Ford Center

The new downtown Evansville arena officially has a name — Ford Center — and a lead pro-sports tenant after the Evansville IceMen (CHL) come to terms on a new lease after some amazingly contentious negotiations. The naming-rights deal, announced today by arena manager VenuWorks, is a 10-year deal worth $4.2 million. In additional to the […]

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Chesapeake Energy snares OKC naming rights

{jathumbnail off} The home of the Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA) will have a new name and a new look for the 2011-2012 season (if it happens), as Chesapeake Energy buys naming rights to the arena. The deal for Chesapeake Energy Arena is an extension of an existing relationship between the pair, as Chesapeake is one […]

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Oklahoma City slightly scales back Ford Center renovations

Proceeds from a one-cent sales tax to fund improvements to Ford Center, home of the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder, came in slightly under budget, leaving an oversight committee to scale back renovation plans for the facility. The sales tax was expected to provide $121 million for renovations, but the sunsetted tax — which has ended […]

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