The city of Oklahoma City, Oklahoma owns the Ford Center but it is managed by SMG. It was opened in 2002 and has undergone extensive renovations during the summer of 2009. There are several teams that call the Ford Center home. They include the Oklahoma City Blazers, a Central Hockey League team and the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz, an arena football 2 team. Recently the Oklahoma City Thunder began using Ford Center as their home NBA court.
While there is a lot of sporting events at Ford Center they also welcome major concerts, family events, ice shows, and world class entertainment. Some of the improvements to the facility that are expected during the renovations are a grand entrance, multi story atrium, bunker suites, new restaurants, clubs, concession areas, loge boxes, locker rooms, roof top gardens, a warm up basketball court, team offices and a family fun zone.
There are forty nine private suites and seven party rental suites. Twenty three permanent concession stands serve customers with several portable stands for specialty vendors. There are eight escalators and six passenger and two freight elevators. Ford Center has a total of forty eight restrooms; twelve of them are for family use. There are more than two hundred TV monitors in the Ford Center.
Tickets for any events at the Ford Center in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, are available through Ticketmaster and Ticketmaster outlets. Upcoming events at the Ford Center include AC/DC, U2 360 degree tour, Kings of Leon, Rob Thomas, Robin Williams, and many Thunder games.
The restaurants at the Ford Center are the Old No. 7 Club, Sunset Bistro and the Victory Bar & Buffet. The concessions serve popcorn, hot dogs, pretzels, grilled selections, pizza, Philly cheese steaks, and desserts. The Sunset Bistro and Victory Bar & Buffet are for club seat holders and suite owners.
Hotels in the Oklahoma City vicinity are the Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center, Classen Inn Motel, Colcord Hotel, Courtyard by Marriott Downtown, Econo Lodge Inn & Suites, Quality Inn Bricktown, Renaissance Oklahoma City Hotel, Residence Inn by Marriott, Sheraton Oklahoma City, Skirvin Hilton and Super 8.
Visitors to the city might also enjoy going to a museum, a show or shopping. Amtrak train station travels to Oklahoma City if visitors don't wish to drive or fly. Landmarks that people can see are the Centennial Land Run Monument, Crystal Bridge and Myriad Botanical Gardens.
Restaurants that can be reached by walking are the Melting Pot, Bolero Spanish Grill, In the Raw Sushi, Zio's Italian Kitchen, Abuelo's Mexican Food, Jazmo's Bourbon Street, Tapwerks Ale House & Cafy, La Luna Mexican Cafy, America's Pub and Chelino's Mexican. There is also a bowling alley that serves food and a sports lounge with pub food, steaks and American cuisine. Hooters, Quizno's and Subway are some of the chain restaurants in the area. Visitors wishing to purchase a cup of coffee can stop in at Starbucks.
Since the Ford Center is close to the center of Oklahoma City there is plenty to see and experience.