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Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Dodger days

OKC Dodgers Baseball

Although some form of professional baseball has been played in Oklahoma City since pre-statehood days, last year marked the beginning of an era as Oklahoma City became the AAA affiliate of the historic Los Angeles Dodgers.

The Oklahoma City Dodgers got off to a quick start during their inaugural season by winning their division and going on a thrilling playoff run. 

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy Oklahoma springs with the family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars like Nelson Cruz, Chris Davis, R.A. Dickey, Adrian Gonzalez, Ian Kinsler and Carl Crawford are just a few to have spent time in OKC. Even Hall of Famer Ryne Sandberg spent a couple of seasons in the metro. Check out this past post for more Oklahoma City baseball history.

The first home game of the 2016 season will be April 5 against the Nashville Sounds. So check the schedule, buy your tickets and we will see you at the fabulous Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. We’ll be the ones enjoying the world famous Dodger Dogs.

baseball, Dodgers, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Big 12 baseball

Bricktown Ballpark

Oklahoma City will once again host the Big 12 Baseball Championships this spring at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. This year’s tournament will be held May 25 – 29 and tickets are on sale now.

This will mark the 17th time our city has hosted the tournament since the Big 12 was formed in 1997. In fact going back to the old Big 8 days, OKC has hosted 38 of the last 41 conference championships.

Basically that was long way of saying our community has done an outstanding job of supporting the tournament and we know that tradition will continue. Whether you root for the guys in Orange, Crimson, another Big 12 school or have no allegiance, this is an Oklahoma City tradition that shouldn’t be missed.

baseball, college, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Adventure District

If there were an award for the most properly named district in the 4-0-5, the Adventure District would probably win. The aptly-named section of the city is home to more family fun than you can shake a stick at.

The Oklahoma City Zoo is one of the crown jewels of the city and features more than 1,800 animals spread over 119 acres. We recommend the Great escAPE (get it) exhibit where you can watch gorillas, orangutans and chimpanzees monkey around. This is also where you can find the Zoo Amphitheater, the premier venue for outdoor concerts in the metro.

Next door to the Zoo is Science Museum Oklahoma which has been entertaining and teaching generations of kids about science since the late 50s. If you were raised in Oklahoma City you know all about the shadow wall. The museum is home to a must-see Science Live performance and a planetarium.

Nearby is the world-renowned National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum where you can find exhibits on cowboy heritage and one of the largest collections of western art in the known galaxy.

There is also fun to be had for sports fans at the ASA National Softball Hall of Fame & Museum. Not just a place for history, the Museum welcomes thousands each year for the annual Women’s College World Series.

Last, but not least, if you need a break from the kids head over to Remington Park Racing & Casino which is not only the region’s top race track but the city’s only casino.

As you can see the Adventure District has a ton to do (even more than we listed) but if you want to see it all you are going to need more than a weekend.

live sporting events, museums, racetrack, western heritage, zoo, Adventure District, arts and culture, family-friendly, kids
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Thundering up the new year in style …

OKC Thunder game [Photo Credit: OKC Thunder]

[Photo Credit: OKC Thunder]

Some might say that we here at Better Life Central suffer from Thunder-mania year-round and rightfully so. Anyone who’s seen KD and Russ this season can attest to the star power of this duo. So of course we will be enjoying the game this New Year’s Eve as the Thunder take on the Phoenix Suns at Chesapeake Energy Arena. Find tickets here. Downtown restaurants including Park Avenue Grill, Flint, Mahogany Prime Steakhouse, Vast and many others will have special menus before and after the game to help you make sure that you and your special someone kick off 2016 with a bang.

Some of our favorite other places around town to ring in 2016:

Bricktown, downtown, festivals, live sporting events, Plaza District, restaurants, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 6, 2015

Check out the OKC Visitors Guide for ideas

For additional help with planning and ideas, check out the Oklahoma City Visitors Guide. Published and updated each year, the Visitors Guide gives you ideas for shopping, dining, taking part in outdoor recreation, enjoying family-friendly activities, checking out the city’s sports scenes, night life and more.

There are couple’s retreat ideas, girls’ getaways and featured Oklahoma City attractions, as well as maps to help you get around. The Guide will also give you a glimpse of the unique atmospheres you’ll find in our many area districts – the Adventure District, Film Row, Asian District, Automobile Alley, Boathouse District, Bricktown Entertainment District, Midtown, Uptown 23, the Paseo Arts District, Plaza District, Stockyards City and Western Avenue. Each offers a combination restaurants, shopping, attractions and events based on the district’s individual character.

You can even see a schedule of festivals, sporting events, visual and performing arts happenings and more, so you’ll know exactly what to do when you visit.

The Oklahoma City Visitors Guide is available in magazine version by request or online as a Digital Visitors Guide.

shopping, attractions, family-friendly, live sporting events, nightlife, outdoor recreation, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

Putting the Sooner in Sooner State

OU Football Game

It is that time of year again. The kids are hurrying back to school, and fall is right around the corner. In Oklahoma to many sports fans that means one thing: football. You don’t have to live here long to see the passion for football in the Sooner state and no program embodies that passion like the Oklahoma Sooners.

Simply put the Sooners are one of the most storied programs in college football history. OU won its first national football title in 1950 and has seven total, the most recent coming in 2000. In fact, since 1945 the Sooners have won more football games than any other college program. They have also claimed 44 conference titles.

In all honesty, we don’t have space here to list all of OU’s records and accomplishments. They’ve have the most 10+ win seasons, fewest losing seasons, been ranked No. 1 more than anyone else, etc., etc, … yada yada yada. We could do this all day. You get the point. OU has a pretty stinking good program. The OU Football Wikipedia page may rival many community phone books in the sheer number of words (if phone books were still a thing).

The Heisman Trophy is one of the most prestigious individual honors in all of sports. Each year it is awarded to the most outstanding college football player. OU players have taken the prize home five times (only Notre Dame, Ohio State and the University of Southern California have had more). Out of the five OU winners, four were born in the state of Oklahoma (just to give you a little more Oklahoma pride).

OU plays its home games at Gaylord Family- Oklahoma Memorial Stadium, which holds 82,112 fans. Even though it is the 15th largest college stadium, you probably need to make friends with a Sooner season ticket holder because tickets are in high demand every year. Learning the words to Boomer Sooner might help your cause.

football, live sporting events, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Ride ‘Em Cowboys

OSU Football Game

The Cowboys of Oklahoma State are the state’s other BCS-level football team. While the Cowboys might not have the tradition of in-state rival Oklahoma, they do sport plenty to brag about and are currently in the midst of one of the winningest eras in program history.

The Cowboys have claimed 10 conference titles with the most recent coming in 2011. That year OSU finished 12-1 and No. 3 in the country, the best season in school history. OSU has been to 25 bowls, winning 16, giving them one of the highest bowl-winning percentages in the country.

Individually, Barry Sanders broke more than 30 records in the 1988 season for the Cowboys on his way to winning the Heisman Trophy. That season is regarded by some as the greatest individual season in college football history.

The current head coach of Oklahoma State is Mike Gundy. Gundy is an Oklahoma native who actually was a record-setting QB for the Cowboys in the late ’80s. He has won more games than any coach in the school’s history and has guided OSU to nine-straight bowl games (a school record).

The Cowboys play their games at Boone Pickens Stadium, which underwent a $286 million renovation five years ago. So practice waving your wheat, to mention a longstanding OSU tradition of waving hands like wheat after a touchdown, and head to Stillwater for a game this season.

football, live sporting events, Stillwater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 23, 2014

Fun and games

For sports enthusiasts, Oklahoma City has plenty to offer this holiday season. The Oklahoma City Thunder plays at the Chesapeake Energy Arena tonight, Friday night and New Year’s Eve. The OKC Blue also takes the court on Friday at the Cox Convention Center. Don’t miss Family Fun Day as the OKC Barons take the ice to face the Charlotte Checkers on Sunday, Dec. 28. We can’t resist soft drinks and hot dogs and the opportunity to skate with the players following the game.  

basketball, hockey, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 16, 2014

OK-LA Dodgers

The Dodger Dog is headed to the big O-K-C. What are we talking about? If you’ve been living under a rock the AAA baseball team in Oklahoma City (formally the Redhawks) is now an affiliate of the historic Los Angeles Dodgers and will now be called the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The Dodgers are one of the most recognizable brands in all of sports. The franchise has won six World Series titles as well as 21 National League (NL) pennants.

The uniform and logo also have made the Dodgers unmistakable across the world. The Boys in Blue, as they are called, have had virtually the same uniforms for going on 70 years now. The best part is, they have incorporated the logo and color scheme into the new uniforms for Oklahoma City, and we think they look pretty swell. The merchandise is available now in the team store and makes a great holiday gift. We here at Better Life HQ might have already picked up a hat or two (maybe three).

baseball, Dodgers, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 9, 2014

50% Lion + 50% Eagle = 100% Enemy of the Barons

As of this writing, the red-hot OKC Barons are sitting on top of the West division standings. And you have two, count ‘em two, chances this weekend to see your team on the Cox Center ice against those pesky Griffins (well, not really griffins, but hockey players wearing a picture of a griffin on their jersey) of Grand Rapids. It’s hockey time in OKC on Friday and Saturday (December 12 and 13) at 7:00 p.m. They may have rapids that are grand, but we’ve got Hamilton, Williams and Derrick the Mountain Lion (well, not really a mountain lion, but a guy wearing a mountain lion furry. But still!). For ticket info, head over to and cheer on our Barons!

family-friendly, hockey, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Thundering Up and Onwards

Really looking to stay warm for the next couple of months? There is no place better to heat up than the Chesapeake Energy Arena during a Thunder game with 18,203 of your closest friends. If you are new to Oklahoma City, you don’t have to hang around long to realize the Thunder have taken the city and whole Sooner State by storm.

The 2014-2015 season just tipped off and it marks the seventh season of Thunder basketball in Oklahoma City. And what a seven years it has been. The Thunder has made the playoffs five straight years, including a trip to the NBA finals and three trips to the conference finals. The franchise will also be attempting to win their fifth-straight Northwestern Division Championship (Northwestern makes sense right?).  

The Thunder are led by Kevin Durant and Russell Westbrook. Durant (better known as KD) is the reigning MVP of the NBA (seriously check out his MVP speech) and has made the All-NBA first team 5 times in his seven-year career. KD is not nice and is the baddest.

Westbrook (who we like to call Russ) is a three-time All-Star and three-time All-NBA selection. Russ also makes headlines off the court for his unique fashion style.

In all honesty, we could ramble on all day about the Thunder, Rumble, Ibaka and one of the best home court advantages in all of the NBA so we’ll stop. Just do yourself a favor, check out the home schedule and grab some tickets. You won’t be disappointed.

basketball, family-friendly, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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You’re My Boy Blue

A new addition to the metro’s landscape this year is the Oklahoma City Blue. After residing in Tulsa since 2005, the Thunder’s D-League affiliate will play this season in OKC at the Cox Convention Center.

Not familiar with the D-League? Here is a quick primer. The D-League is short for the NBA Development League, an 18-team league that serves as a development league for the NBA. The Blue are owned by their parent team, the Thunder, and serves as a place where young players can develop. So in short the Blue will offer a great chance to preview the NBA’s up-and-coming players. Not a bad way for hoops junkies to spend a night.

basketball, family-friendly, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Something for everyone

Lower Bricktown offers countless ways to enjoy a night out with a group of friends or that special someone.  Catch the final home game of baseball season as the Oklahoma City Redhawks take on the Albuquerque Isotopes at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark Wednesday, Aug. 27. Watch the summer’s hottest movies at Harkins Theater or enjoy a beautiful Oklahoma evening with a ride down the Bricktown Canal. RedPin offers a unique bowling experience you won’t soon forget.

For live music enthusiasts, there’s no shortage of talent in OKC. The fifth annual Live Music on the Canal will take place Sept. 5-6. The event showcases the talents of more than 200 Oklahoma singers and songwriters on five stages in lower Bricktown. Music will be performed along the canal including the Main stage in front of Harkins Theater; Jazmo’s Bourbon Street Café, which will feature both indoor and outdoor venues; and the green space next to Wanda Jackson Way on the canal level.

While you’re exploring Bricktown, don’t forget the many wonderful restaurants. We have a hard time deciding where to go – as lower Bricktown is home to so many wonderful places. From Mickey Mantle’s Steakhouse to In the Raw, KDs Southern Cuisine, Toby Keith’s I Love This Bar & Grill, Fuzzy’s Taco Shop and so many more, there’s certain to be something that whets your appetite.

nightlife, restaurants, Bricktown, live music, live sporting events, movies
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship

All this golf talk got you ready to hit the links? This week you can watch some of the best golfers in the world compete for the 2014 U.S. Senior Open Championship at Oak Tree National in Edmond. The Tournament starts Thursday and runs through Sunday. Tickets start at $125 for the whole week or just $45 for a day.

The U.S. Senior Open is one of the major championships in men’s senior golf. The tournament was first played in 1980 and features the top golfers in the world over the age of 50 competing for a total purse of $2.75 million.

Need some tips on who to root for? Four members of the field are Oklahomans who actually call Oak Tree National home: Dr. Gil Morgan, Bob Tway, Willie Wood and Scott Verplank.

golf, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 25, 2014


If you’re a fan of futbol (that’s soccer for you Americans), then you’ve come to the right place. Not only is OKC now home to its very own USL Pro soccer team, OKC Energy, but we’re an all-around very soccer-enthusiastic community.

Don’t miss the start of the OKC Energy’s first season in OKC. The first home game is Saturday, April 26 at 7 p.m. Get your tickets now.

Help your little one get in the game by signing them up for the Oklahoma City Parks Department’s 2014 Spring Youth Soccer Leagues. Registration ends March 7 and the season starts on April 12. Download a registration brochure.

family-friendly, live sporting events, OKC Energy, outdoor recreation, soccer, youth sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Ho-Ho-Ho-Home Team

Christmas is pretty much here, and we’ll be eating a lot of food and spending quality time with loved ones. If you’re looking to liven up the time spent with your family, why not head downtown to cheer on the home team? Both the Barons and the Thunder have multiple home games left before the year is up. They even have home games on New Year’s Eve. What a way to ring in the New Year!

Check out the Barons and the Thunder schedules.   

family-friendly, hockey, live sporting events, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Ice, Ice Baby

It may still be pretty warm outside, but things are cooling down inside the Cox Convention Center Arena with the start of another Oklahoma City Barons hockey season. The Barons are OKC’s one and only professional hockey team and serve as the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. And when they take to the ice, it’s a puck-flying, speed-skating good time. The Barons have even skated their way to the Calder Cup Playoffs the past three years, with the team coming in 2nd place in 2012 and 2013.

If you’re not a hockey buff, we won’t judge you, and neither will the Barons. In fact, they want to help. They have made some handy-dandy Hockey 101 videos to get you up to the speed on the sport.

Single game tickets are available for as low as $16 so head over to their website to check out the schedule and get yours today!

family-friendly, hockey, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, October 8, 2013

A watery adventure

A long time ago in a land far far away . . . wait, no. Let’s start again. A little ways back (in the late 1980s and early 1990s to be more exact), things weren’t looking so bright in OKC. The exuberance and awesomeness that exudes from this great city today were just wishes in a well. The region had lost a large number of jobs with the oil bust of the 80s and not being chosen for the United Airlines maintenance facility in 1991 had folks feeling blue.

Thankfully, a group of visionaries put their heads together and came up with a plan called the Metropolitan Area Projects (or MAPS). While we’ve written about it in detail before, this time we’re going to focus on just one project – the Bricktown Canal, you know, the waterway that lines restaurants and shops in OKC’s hoppin’ entertainment district. It’s probably just as hard for us to imagine it not existing as it was for people to ever imagine its existence before MAPS. Back then (before 1999), the area where the canal flows was California Street running through a mostly abandoned warehouse district.

Lucky for us, Oklahoma City has a history of visionary leaders and they saw the potential. They transformed what was bordering on nothing to a really special something. Very few visitors make it to our city without taking a stroll down the canal (or hopping a ride on a Bricktown Water Taxi. And residents experience it year-round, perhaps on their way to a ball game at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, maybe before popping the big question or during a night on the town. Any way you look at it, the canal played a major role in cementing Bricktown as OKC’s entertainment district which had a major hand in our modern-day renaissance.

Bricktown, live sporting events, MAPS, restaurants
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Boomer Sooner, Ride ‘Em

In the fall, one event makes everything take a back seat in our state. It is not the start of a new school year or the leaves falling off trees, it is the kickoff of another college football season. We’ve been accused of taking our college football too seriously here but take a short drive on a fall Saturday to Norman or Stillwater and you will quickly see what all the fuss is about. Some of the best college football in America is played right here in Oklahoma.

The Oklahoma Sooners are one most of the most successful programs across any sport in college athletics. With seven national titles and five Heisman winners very few college programs can go toe-to-toe with the Sooners on a prestige level. The Sooners have won 43 conference titles, including eight since 2000. The Sooners play at the Gaylord Family-Oklahoma Memorial Stadium in Norman, just 22 miles south of downtown OKC.

Located an hour north of downtown is Stillwater, home of the Oklahoma State Cowboys. The Cowboys play at Boone Pickens Stadium, which recently underwent more than $200 million in renovations. The Cowboys have been on a roll the last decade with trips to bowl games 10 out of the last 11 years. They also took home the conference title in 2011. They finished the 2011 season ranked third in the country.

The closest college-football action can be found at the University of Central Oklahoma in Edmond. An NCAA Division II school, the Bronchos play at Wantland Stadium, which recently underwent $16 million in renovations that increased seating capacity to 10,000.

[Boone Pickens Stadium photo courtesy of Phil Shockley/OSU University Marketing]

Stillwater, Edmond, football, live sporting events, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Take Me Out to the Ball Game

As summer winds down and fall approaches that means baseball is hitting its home stretch. There aren’t many better ways to spend an Oklahoma evening than at the ballpark. Better yet it is a great place for some inexpensive family fun. Luckily for us, Oklahoma City has one of the best places to catch a game, the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Bricktown Ballpark, home to the Oklahoma City Redhawks, was recently named one of the best minor-league ball parks in the country by USA Today.

Oh yeah and about that inexpensive thing, the club is routinely running great deals that means taking your family to the game doesn’t have to break the bank. For example, on August 31st you can get four tickets to the game, four Sonic meal vouchers (Sonic is headquarted just across the street) and four Redhawks hats for just $30. That’s way less expensive than taking the fam to the movies!

So grab your mitt and get down to Bricktown to see the next generation of Major League stars while enjoying a great Oklahoma fall night.

live sporting events, Bricktown, downtown, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Happy birthday to us!

Terrible twos, here we come! OK, probably not – we’re pretty sure that toddler terrors don’t translate to blog years. Thank goodness! And just in case you’re not following our train of thought, we’ll state it as plainly as can be: THE BETTER LIFE BLOG IS TWO YEARS OLD! That’s right, kiddos, for two years – or 730 days or 104 weeks – we’ve been throwing OKC knowledge your way. From places to eat to ways to stay active, from cheering on the home team to finding your inner artist, from random factoids to a fierce weekly events calendar, we have been giving you the 411 on the 405.  

We just wanted to give a big ol’ shout out to our awesome readers. We hope that this place has been an incredible resource for living the good life in OKC. And we can’t wait to celebrate many more birthdays with you in the future.

live sporting events, outdoor recreation, restaurants, running, Thunder, arts and culture, calendar, community, food
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Take me out to the Ballgame

Hot dogs, cracker jacks, fresh air and the chance to catch a fly ball or two – does anything say spring better than a baseball game? The Oklahoma City Redhawks, a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros baseball team, kick off their season next month at home on April 12 vs. Memphis. Tickets start as low as $7, so bring the whole family! And your kids will love the post-game fireworks show. Can’t make it to the first game of the season? Don’t worry, the fireworks show will happen every Friday night home game of the season.

Bricktown, downtown, family-friendly, live sporting events
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The ABCs of OKC

A – In the 1920s, Automobile Alley, located just north of Downtown Oklahoma City, was home to 52 of the city’s first 76 auto dealerships.
B – Greater Oklahoma City is home to five local Beer Breweries.
C – The Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosts the world’s largest, most comprehensive collection of Dale Chihuly glass.
D – One of the biggest (and best) surprises for people new to OKC is the Diversity of cultures that abounds.
E – In Elmira, New York, the average apartment rent is $1,037, compared to $739 in Oklahoma City. Crazy for a place you’ve never heard of, right?
F – Here in OKC, we have the opportunity to experience all Four seasons.
G – The Grand Event Lawn at the Myriad Gardens is a great place to toss a Frisbee, enjoy a picnic, catch an outdoor concert and so much more.
H – It’s basketball season in Oklahoma City and that means lots of opportunities to watch our beloved Oklahoma City Thunder – and one of our personal favorite players, Hasheem Thabeet, or as we like to call him the “Tanzanian Terror.”
I – Easy access to Interstates helps keep the average commute time in Oklahoma City down to 20 minutes or less.
J – “Jewelry is the gift to give . . . cause it’s the gift that’ll live and live.” That famous jingle for BC Clark plays each year during the holidays and was written by Oklahoma Citian Ray Ackerman.  
K – Kayaking is just one of the great activities you can participate in at the Oklahoma River in the Boathouse District.
L – The city of Oklahoma City was settled on April 22, 1889 during the “Land Run”.
M – You might have heard of a little something called “MAPS.” That stands for Metropolitan Area Projects and has led to more than $5 billion in private investment in our city.
N – The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum is one of OKC’s gems, and sees more than 10 million visitors come through its doors each year.
O – On the grounds of the Oklahoma State Capitol sits an operating oil well. 
P – The first ever Parking meter was installed in Oklahoma City in 1935.
Q – Go on a nature Quest at Martin Park Nature Center.
R – Do you enjoy Rollerblading or Running? Then you’ll love the more than 140 miles of walking, running, bicycling and skating trails that snake throughout Oklahoma City.
S – From the Santa Fe Depot in downtown you can hop on the Heartland Flyer, an Amtrak train that’ll take you as far south as Fort Worth, Texas.
T – With 27,000 employees, Tinker Air Force Base is the largest single-site employer in the state of Oklahoma. And it’s right here in Greater Oklahoma City.
U – Did you know that UPS is one of Oklahoma City’s major employers?
V – Velocity is a digital magazine all about OKC!
W – Strangely enough, two of Oklahoma City’s airports, Will Rogers World Airport and Wiley Post Airport were named for two Oklahoma gents, Will Rogers and Wiley Post, who just happened to perish in a plane crash in Alaska in 1935. 
X – Want to hear the lovely music of a Xylophone? (You knew we were going to use that for X.) Check out of a performance by the OKC Phil – that’s the philharmonic.
Y – You want to live in Oklahoma City. It’s true.
Z – Catch an Oklahoma City Barons ice hockey match and you’re sure to spot a Zamboni.

downtown, live sporting events, museums, music, Myriad Botanical Gardens, Oklahoma River, outdoor recreation, restaurants, arts and culture, community
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 12, 2013

A Perfect 10

We’re switching gears away from the mushy love stuff, and it involves a little history lesson. Back at the Summer Olympics of 1976 in Montreal, there was a Romanian gymnast named Nadia Comaneci. At the young age of 14, Nadia competed fiercely and after finishing her routine on the uneven bars, she waited for her scores. What showed up on the boards was a little confusing – 1.00. The crowd was stunned. The score boards weren’t prepared for her performance as they were only equipped to show four digits. In fact, Nadia had scored a perfect 10 – the first time in modern Olympics history. Nadia went on to win gold medals in the all-around, beam and bars competitions, and a bronze on the floor.

At that same Olympics, there was another gymnast – Bart Conner, who had attended the University of Oklahoma. Bart’s experience at the 1976 wasn’t quite like Nadia’s, but that’s because the 1984 games were destined to be his show. At those games in Los Angeles, Bart helped the U.S. Men’s team win its first-ever team gold – along with earning a perfect 10 for himself on the parallel bars. When it came time for the individual competition, Bart would repeat his perfect 10 on that same apparatus, winning another gold.

So what are these two Olympic gymnasts doing on this blog? Well, they are two of Greater Oklahoma City’s sweethearts – and they just happen to also be sweethearts (see, they’re married). Bart Conner and Nadia Comaneci are not only living gymnastic legends, they are living gymnastic legends who live in Greater Oklahoma City – woo hoo! And this coming weekend, they are hosting the Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival.

Held on Saturday, Feb. 16, this festival is a great opportunity for Oklahoma Citians to take charge of their health through activities that embrace the Olympic, Paralympic and Special Olympics ideals. This free festival will be filled to the brim with:

  • Health and fitness related booths offering information on nutrition, health care, exercise, sports activities and more!
  • Various Health Screenings including dental screenings, general physical fitness and smoking cessation, children's health, free children's immunizations (courtesy of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Caring Van) and more!
  • Sports and other fitness activities for kids!
  • Prize giveaways courtesy of The Oklahoman, including an OKC Thunder team autographed basketball; Bob Stoops autographed football; Sherri Coale autographed basketball; youth bicycle from Schlegel Bicycles; family four-pack of tickets for Adventure Sport from the Oklahoma City Boathouse Foundation and a Garmin Running Watch from Blue Cross Blue Shield of Oklahoma

If that alone isn’t enough to entice you to check it out, here’s a look at what will be going on:

Can you believe all of this awesomeness is free? So start limbering up now, and get ready to get your wellness on this weekend at the Bart & Nadia Sports & Health Festival.

festivals, fitness, live sporting events, running
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 20, 2012

A Night Out with the Thunder

So, you’re headed to downtown Oklahoma City to watch the No. 1 sports franchise in the world (according to ESPN The Magazine). Where do you eat? When do you arrive? We’ve got you covered with a few suggestions to give you the full Thunder NBA experience.

Start in Bricktown to grab a bite to eat. Bricktown offers tastes (and sips) for all palates, from casual bars to more upscale dining. After you get your fill, head down to Love’s Thunder Alley on Reno Ave., just north of Chesapeake Energy Arena for some pre-game entertainment. And don’t leave the kids at home – Thunder Alley includes games, music, face painting and much more. By 6:30 p.m., you’ll want to think about finding your seat. You definitely don’t want to miss all the pre-game entertainment and excitement before the Thunder players take to the court.

After a rousing Thunder victory, you may not be quite ready to go home. No problem! Head back to Bricktown for a nightcap and appetizer at one of the many restaurants or bars, all within walking distance. If the weather is nice, there are several rooftop patios to choose from. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear your orange and blue so you can be properly attired to THUNDER UP!

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Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Championship Dreams

As you’ve likely heard (because we like to talk about it) fall is football time here in Oklahoma. But that’s not the only sport on our radar. In fact, when it comes to sports, things in OKC are ramping up.

Earlier this month, the Oklahoma City Barons had their first face off of the 2012-2013 season. They’ve got three more home games this month, and the rest of their schedule is jam-packed with great games that you don’t want to miss. Single game tickets start at just $16 each.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have been dribbling through preseason action, but the official start to the 2012-2013 season is just days away (it starts Thursday, Nov. 1!). After last year’s run in the NBA Finals, Thunder tickets are sure to be a hot item this year. Upcoming games include the season opener against San Antonio (Nov. 1), a trip to Chicago (Nov. 8) and so many others. Even if you can’t make it down to Chesapeake Energy Arena to watch a game in person (and check out the finished arena upgrades), there are plenty of places around town that have prime game-watching seats.

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Tuesday, September 25, 2012

You Gotta Regatta

Much like the Oklahoma River itself, the Oklahoma Regatta Festival has progressed from relatively humble beginnings in 2004 to a fun, free, family-friendly, full-on four-day flabbergasting function featuring fantastic fast-floating finishers for 50,000 folks. Phew!

Anyway, this year's festival runs from Thursday, Sept. 27 through Sunday, Sept. 30 and is sure to be a great time for everyone. College, masters and corporate rowers, kayakers, dragon boat racers, runners and even stand-up paddle boarders will all be racing their oars off while live music, a children's area, food from some of OKC's best restaurants, and a wine garden rages. Thursday and Friday will feature racing under the lights at the ever-popular OGE NightSprints, one of the most unique events in the world of paddle sports. Saturday's docket includes the first of two days of Head of the Oklahoma racing, the Olympic & Paralympic Experience, the Regatta Run, and the blu VIP Party. Sunday concludes the Regatta with—you guessed it—racing, racing, racing! What's that, you say? You haven't been out to the river before? Well come on out and see what all the fuss is about, in this fun-filled, fantabulous, first-class, free… OK, OK. We'll see you there.

Oklahoma Regatta Festival & OCU Head of the Oklahoma
Sept. 28 - Sept. 29
Regatta Park on the Oklahoma River
725 S Lincoln
Oklahoma City, OK 73129
Phone: 552-4040
Free admission

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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Whoa, Nelly!

Did you know that Oklahoma City is the reigning "Horse Show Capital of the World?" Home to more national and international equine (that's horse-related for you city slickers) championship events than any other city in the world, Oklahoma City is prime time when it comes to top national and world championship horse shows, and you don't want to miss the opportunity to check out one (or more) of the rough riding, yee-hawing good times.

And fall is a great time to watch these riders and their horses giddy-up – all while getting a taste of Oklahoma City's western heritage. Feel free to slap on some Wranglers, a pearl snap and boots, or just head over to State Fair Park in your weekend wear. Five of the industry's biggest shows will be in Oklahoma City over the next few months and you certainly don't want to miss out on any of the excitement.

Grand National Morgan Horse Show
October 6 - 13

U.S. Team Roping Championships
October 20 - 28

American Quarter Horse World Championship Show
November 2 - 18

National Reining Horse Association Reining Futurity
November 22- December 1

World Barrel Racing Futurity
December 4 - 8

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Kicking Things Off

Oklahoma City is kind of a sports haven. We've got Olympic-caliber rowing, the Oklahoma City Thunder and so many other opportunities for sports enthusiasts to be, well, enthusiastic. Here in OKC, and really Oklahoma as a whole, we go crazy (yes, crazy) over college football. Tailgating borders on extreme. You will see college team paraphernalia everywhere:on cars, people, homes, pets – basically if it has two square inches of open space, it's fair game.

Greater Oklahoma City is home to two of the big dogs in all of college football – the Oklahoma State Cowboys (OSU) and the University of Oklahoma Sooners (OU). Both schools kick off their seasons this weekend. At 6 p.m., Oklahoma State University will tackle (get it?) Savannah State in Stillwater. Later that evening (at 9:30 p.m. to be exact), the University of Oklahoma will be south of the Red River as they take on the University of Texas at El Paso. Both games will be on TV so call up your friends, neighbors, anyone and yell your heart out for four exciting quarters of college football.

If you're not already planning on it, we suggest you make plans this season to head to either Norman or Stillwater (or both!) and experience game day for yourselves. Both college towns have atmospheres that are the envy of universities across the nation.

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Oklahoma’s Olympic Ties

We think Oklahomans are pretty fantastic – fantastic people and often fantastic athletes. With so many sports and recreation opportunities in Greater Oklahoma City, it's really no surprise that a number of current Olympians and Paralympians have called this great state (and community) home at some point.

Check out the list below to see which Olympians are representing Oklahoma in their chase for the gold.

Men's Basketball
Tyson Chandler, U.S. (Former Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornet)
Kevin Durant, U.S. (Oklahoma City Thunder)
James Harden, U.S. (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Serge Ibaka, Spain (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Chris Paul, U.S. (Former Oklahoma City/New Orleans Hornet)
Russell Westbrook, U.S. (Oklahoma City Thunder)
Joseph Sharpe, U.S. athletic trainer (Oklahoma City Thunder trainer)

Men's Gymnastics
Chris Brooks, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Jake Dalton, U.S. (University of Oklahoma athlete)
Jonathan Horton, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Steven Legendre, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Tom Meadows, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Alex Naddour, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Mark Williams, U.S. personal coach (University of Oklahoma gymnastics coach)

Men's Track And Field
Mike Rodgers, U.S. (Former Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)
Prince Mumba, Zambia (Former Oral Roberts University athlete)

Emma Preuschl, U.S.(Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Andrew Johnson, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Robin Prendes, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Nick LaCava, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Will Newell, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Anthony Fahden, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Tom Peszek, U.S (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)
Silas Stafford, U.S. (Trains at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)

Bryan Volpenhein, U.S. Lightweight Head Coach (Interim head coach at Oklahoma City's U.S. Rowing Training Center)

Shaun Caven, U.S. Sprint Team Manager / Coach for Canoe/Kayak (Coaches at Oklahoma City's U.S. Canoe/Kayak Training Center)

Women's Basketball
Dominique Allen, Great Britain (Former Oral Roberts University athlete)
Rose Anderson, Great Britain (Former University of Central Oklahoma athlete)
Liz Cambage, Australia (Tulsa Shock)
Bo Overton, assistant coach for China (Former University of Oklahoma women's assistant coach, former OU and Ada athlete)

Women's Swimming
Ines Remesaro, Uruguay (Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)

Women's Track And Field
Brittany Borman, U.S. (University of Oklahoma athlete)
Tia Brooks, U.S. (University of Oklahoma athlete)
Latoya Greaves, Jamaica (Former University of Oklahoma/Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)
Laverne Jones-Ferrette, U.S. Virgin Islands (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Nickeisha Wilson, Jamaica (Former Oklahoma Baptist University athlete)
Brian Bluetrich, U.S. personal coach (University of Oklahoma assistant track and field coach)
Kerri-Ann Mitchell, Canada (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)

Men's Wrestling
Jared Frayer, U.S. (University of Oklahoma assistant coach, former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Sam Hazewinkel, U.S. (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)
Coleman Scott, U.S. (Former Oklahoma State University athlete)
Dr. Robert Hines, U.S. team doctor (University of Oklahoma wrestling team physician)
Michael Lightner, U.S. personal coach (University of Oklahoma assistant coach, former University of Oklahoma and Marlow athlete)
John Smith, U.S. personal coach (Oklahoma State University coach, former OSU and Del City athlete)

Women's Wrestling
Keith Williams, U.S. assistant coach (Former University of Oklahoma athlete)

P.S. We did our best research to make sure to include everyone, but if there's anyone we missed, please be sure to let us know. We don't want to miss out on the opportunity to acknowledge these amazing athletes!

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