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Thunder strike arena naming rights deal with Paycom, officially tabbed “Paycom Center”

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Ever since Chesapeake Energy terminated their arena naming rights agreement with Oklahoma City back in late April, the Thunder have been on the hunt for the next moniker for which they will call home.

As per a team release Tuesday, the Thunder have reached a 15-year naming rights deal with payroll and HR-tech company Paycom. The annual terms of the contract are yet to be released.

The arena has now been tabbed the Paycom Center.

The Thunder let select media and residents into the Paycom Center throughout the course of Tuesday, allowing those in attendance a glimpse into the arena’s future.

As pictured by The Oklahoman’s Joe Mussatto (images shown above), the Paycom Center embellishes a bright green tone throughout the arena, particularly highlighted by the team’s jumbotron.

On the court, Paycom has propelled itself from being a scorer’s table advertisement to being plastered both on the sideline and on the court, having two logos placed right past the mid-court line.

Outside of the arena, the Paycom Center is to be encased with bright green lighting and signage that encompasses the top of the arena’s exterior. The roofing of the arena is expected to have “Paycom Center” inscribed paired with additional bright green lighting.

Paycom’s markings on a naming rights deal have well covered all over the walls — and the clearance now has been made. Paycom was founded and headquartered in Oklahoma City back in 1988. As a leader in both payroll and human resource technology, Paycom has outsourced its services across the United States while providing over 3,700 jobs to the Oklahoma City community. Now, they’ll be able to give their company even more outreach, right where it all started.

The Paycom Center is on pace to open its doors to the public for the 2021-22 season, a feat the franchise was unable to do through the entirety of last season.

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