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Rockets plan to ‘upgrade’ Toyota Center within next 3 years

The Houston Rockets plan on upgrading their home turf within the next three years, per the Houston Chronicle’s Jonathan Feigen.

“We need to be upgraded and we need to do it really soon,” Rockets CEO Tad Brown said on Toyota Center while mentioning some of their immediate plans over the next three years.

The Rockets officially moved into the Toyota Center in October of 2003, departing The Summit —  a fan-favorite and keeper of warm memories such as back-to-back NBA championships in the 1990s.

Houston had spent nearly 30 years playing at The Summit until ex-owner Leslie Alexander pushed the city to construct a new home for the Rockets. The city of Houston paid for most of the construction, with Toyota paying a sponsorship and naming fee.

While Fertitta and Brown don’t appear poise on moving the Rockets to a new home arena any time soon, that doesn’t mean they cannot upgrade the current stadium. The NBA saw Houston’s rival Golden State Warriors move across the Bay back to San Francisco to play in the Chase Center starting this season, so it comes at no surprise that Houston is looking to improve the in-game experience for fans and the luxuries for players.

The past offseason also saw major changes to the Rockets’ roster, including shipping veteran point guard Chris Paul out after two seasons to bring in Russell Westbrook from the Oklahoma City Thunder.

With Harden and Westbrook signed to long-term deals, the Toyota Center’s “upgrades” could happen while the duo is still on the Rockets.