Lucas Oil Live

Thackerville, OK

The WinStar World Casino and Resort is located just north of the Texas/Oklahoma border and is a popular destination as the World’s Biggest Casino. The project consists of a new 6,500-seat event center, designed to accommodate popular music performances and boxing/mixed-martial arts cards, with a pre-function space sized to adequately support the performance space. In addition, the project includes a new 303-key hotel with a three-meal restaurant and a 9,000 square feet spa.

The acoustic strategy for the event space focused on two key elements. First, adequate reverberation control was critical in a space with an estimated geometric volume in excess of three million cubic feet. A mixture of acoustic finishes were deployed, including insulation on the underside of the roof deck, acoustical wall panels, and arrays of acoustic baffles, to ensure the reverberation time in the space achieved the recommended range for the amplified program. Sound isolation was another key consideration. Partitions around the auditorium and stage are multi-stud, multi-layer gypsum board assemblies to minimize sound transfer to adjacent areas. Pathways associated with smoke evacuation systems were acoustically treated to avoid weak links in the acoustic isolation.

The AV systems design includes all AV systems for the Event Center, including Reinforcement and Monitor Loudspeaker and Console systems that are designed to meet almost any technical rider requirements, as well as Production Video, Broadcast Video, Production Communications, Page and Program Audio, Digital Signage, ADA Assisted Listening, and a flexible system of infrastructure for in-house production and for interfacing with any rental or touring systems. The systems are designed in such a way that artists who may otherwise fly over the facility can send their production gear to the next venue and do a fly-in engagement here. This allows the facility to have fewer dark nights and attract artists that may not otherwise be booked.

Project Information

250,000 SF Addition
6,500-seat Entertainment Venue
304 Room Hotel Tower
2-Story Spa

Design Team

Architect: HGB Design
Theater Consultant: Schuler Shook

Scope of Work

Room Acoustics
Sound Isolation
Sound and Vibration Control
Audio/Video Systems Design


WinStar World Casino and Resort
Chickasaw Nation

Completion Date


Image Credit

LD Systems