Chesapeake Finish Line Tower
Chesapeake Finish Line Tower: $7 Million Gift Celebrates Company’s 20th Anniversary
The newest iconic structure along the Oklahoma River is the four-story Chesapeake Energy Finish Line Tower – take a 360 virtual tour, courtesy of NewSpin 360. The world-class structure is a gift to Oklahoma City from Chesapeake Energy in recognition of the significant role the community has played in the company’s success during the past two decades.
The world-class facility is the third structure to be completed in the Boathouse District and joins the Devon Boathouse and the Chesapeake Boathouse at the Oklahoma River. Additional facilities scheduled for construction in the Boathouse District include boathouses for the University of Central Oklahoma and the University of Oklahoma, a $30 million whitewater rafting and kayak center, a pavilion and grandstands.
Designed by Oklahoma architect Rand Elliott , the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower represents another major step toward achieving the vision of creating a world-class rowing and canoe/kayak venue in Oklahoma City. The tower stands 60 feet in height, and is clearly visible from Interstate 35. The 7,500 square foot building includes four levels:
- Level 1: Boathouse District welcome center
- Level 2: Finish line jury/timing seats
- Level 3: Commentary/media/race control
- Level 4: VIP Viewing Gallery and observation deck
The finish line tower’s 12-foot glass walls provide panoramic views of the race course and the city during races as well as private events. The tower includes the newest in race technology and meets the standards for both FISA, the international governing body for rowing, and the International Canoe Federation (ICF), the governing body for canoe/kayak worldwide. The finish line wire is incorporated into the tower itself and is graphically represented on adjacent sidewalks and within the building as a continuous red line.
Outside, terraced seating provides an expansive view of the finish line for spectators. An adjacent fire pit and movie screen make the area a natural gathering place for community events.
The Chesapeake Finish Line Tower is open year-round for visitors to the Boathouse District. The first floor welcome center includes a gift shop and vending areas. Reservations are now being accepted for private events, and tours of the tower can be scheduled by calling (405) 552-4040.
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