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Tuesday, April 2, 2019

A date with the Dodgers

Dodgers Baseball

Baseball is back! The OKC Dodgers, Triple-A affiliate of the LA Dodgers, open their 2019 season this Thursday, April 4 at 7:05 p.m. in Bricktown at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. The Dodgers recently enjoyed not only a successful season on the field in 2018 by winning the Pacific Coast League American Northern Division title, but also this offseason celebrated winning the 2018 Bob Freitas Triple-A Organization of the Year award from Baseball America as well as some improvements to the ballpark for the upcoming season. With great young talent and an equally great record of success, having won four of the last five division titles, OKC Dodgers games are a family friendly, affordable and accessible way to enjoy high-level baseball. And the fireworks on the field won’t be the only ones you might see, as 14 fireworks displays are scheduled throughout the season, including after Thursday’s opener, after all Friday home games, and July 4 and 5. Get your tickets now!

baseball, Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 29, 2018

Summertime in the 4-0-5

It’s here, it’s here! Summer, that is. Memorial Day marks the traditional start of summer and the end of the school year. With backyard BBQ’s, 9 p.m. – or later – sunsets and great weather to be outdoors, what’s not to like about summer? Summer is the time of infinite fun, where the day seems to last forever and the fun never stops!

Hold on now, you say. How will we keep the kids entertained, you say. How will we make it through endless days of “Mom, what can we do today?” or “Dad, will you drive us to the mall?” while fighting the urge to ship the family off to distant relatives (distant being the key word) so you don’t have to be the fountain of fresh ideas for family fun and frolic???

Here at Better Life HQ, we have a few suggestions that just might keep your family entertained, all while enjoying some amazing attractions that should be on your summer “to do” list!

One of our favorite OKC hot spots for splashing is just outside the Children's Garden area at Myriad Botanical Gardens. Thunder Fountain lures in kids of all ages with everything from light sprinkles to heavy downpours. Fitting the nature theme of the gardens, this splash pad simulates a real rainforest thunderstorm by going through storm cycles to the delight of everyone under the shaded fountain canopy. The City of Oklahoma City also has pools and splash pads all around town. You can find them here.

Summertime used to mean drive-in movie time, back in the day, and you can still find a few drive-ins around the metro. But there's just something special about watching a movie while sitting on a picnic blanket in the great outdoors. One of our favorite places to catch a flick is Myriad Gardens’ Great Lawn. On Wednesdays throughout the summer, the Great Lawn becomes the backdrop for a free summer flick.

Buy the kiddoes – and treat yourself, too – some peanuts and crackerjacks when you root, root, root for the OKC Dodgers at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, home to Oklahoma City's minor league baseball team. Tickets to these fun-filled and family-friendly games are more affordable than a game in the bigs, so you’ll have plenty of extra cash for snow cones and hot dogs. The ball yard is conveniently located in Bricktown so catching a game affords you a chance to see the scenic Bricktown Canal and views of downtown. Check out the Dodgers’ schedule to find when the home team is playing.

Anyone who grew up fishing during the summer knows just how much fun it is to dip your hook, but it can be difficult for city dwellers to go to all the trouble to have their kids take up this summertime hobby. Grabbing a pole and bait and taking the time to get a fishing license and scope out a good spot to drop your line may not seem worth the effort. But don’t despair, OKC makes fishing easy by offering Free Fishing Days. You can fish without a city permit on the first Saturday of each month (but you still need your state license). Kids can also take weekly lessons at various Oklahoma City parks throughout the summer so there's no excuse not to share this iconic summer experience with the kiddoes! Who knows, you might even run into the Thunder’s PG13!

kids, movies, Myriad Botanical Gardens, outdoor recreation, water sports, Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly, fishing, free
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 24, 2018

May in OKC

NBA playoffs (hopefully), 14 home games for the Dodgers, three home games for the Energy, the Big 12 Softball and Baseball Championships, Oklahoma City Whitewater Festival … well, it is safe to say May is a sports fan’s dream. Luckily our friends over at the Convention and Visitors Bureau have all the action covered in their monthly events video.

Dodgers, live sporting events, OKC Energy, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 10, 2018

Take me out to the ball game

OKC Dodgers

That sweet smell of spring means it is time for Dodgers baseball in Oklahoma City. The Dodgers first pitch of the home season is tonight against the fighting Express of Round Rock.

While this is the third season of OKC’s affiliation with the Dodgers, the metro’s history with minor league baseball stretches all the way back to at least 1903. Since changing AAA affiliation from the Astros to the Dodgers in 2015, the franchise has won two division titles and a conference championship.

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. Seeing the future stars of baseball at one of the best minor league ballparks in America, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, is why Dodger baseball is can’t miss fun.

baseball, Dodgers, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 22, 2017

The sporting life

You don’t have to live in Oklahoma City long to realize people here love their sports. Be it Thunder, Cowboys, Sooners, Energy, Dodgers or anything in between the people here are fanatic about their favorite teams. The Sporting Life section of our website gives you a great snapshot of athletics in the 4-0-5. Team sports not your bag? We (really Oklahoma City) have you covered. On the page you can also find info on golf courses, lakes, the Oklahoma River, running, cycling and more. Do you see something we missed? Be sure to let us know and we will get it added.

cycling, Dodgers, football, golf, live sporting events, OKC Energy, outdoor recreation, running, Thunder, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 11, 2017

July in OKC

Have you seen this month’s “What to OKC” video from our colleagues at the OKC CVB? If you have friends/fam coming to visit, or just want to be a tourist in your own town, visitokc.com and these monthly video features are great resources, fam. Get fired up with Dodgers baseball, Disney songs, Energy FC soccer, Rick Springfield, Garth Brooks, a great Kehinde Wiley exhibit at the OKC MOA, Macca, West Side Story and more. Check it out below!

theater, Visit OKC, arts and culture, attractions, Dodgers, live music, OKC Energy
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 21, 2017

The Dodgers are a Home Run

OKC Dodgers Baseball

As the grass begins to green and air starts to warm, that means one thing for a lot of people …baseball. The start of the 2017 is right around the corner for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.

The Dodgers, the AAA affiliate for the legendary Los Angeles Dodgers, are stacked with talent and have been one of the most successful teams in minor league baseball the past two seasons. They are back-to-back divisional champions and last season they won the conference title.

AAA baseball is a great way to enjoy spring in Oklahoma with family or friends while seeing some of the future stars of baseball. Recent All-Stars including 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.

The first home game of the 2017 season will be April 6 against the Iowa Cubs. 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, Bricktown, Dodgers, family-friendly
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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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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Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Looking back, forging ahead

OKC Energy Fans  [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

2015 was an exciting year in Oklahoma City. We committed to the Oklahoma Standard, celebrated the inaugural season of the OKC Dodgers, welcomed two new elephants at the OKC Zoo, got fired up for OKCFest, went rolling on the river as we hosted national and international contestants during the Oklahoma Regatta Festival, cheered as the Energy made their first playoff run, shopped till we dropped at all the new retailers across the city and were inspired by the creation of Innovation District.

But if you thought 2015 was thrilling in OKC, buckle your seat belts and hold on tight because we are just getting started. With the completion of some MAPS 3 projects including improvements at State Fair Park and the world-class RIVERSPORT Rapids, 2016 promises to be an exhilarating year.

And our resolution for 2016: keeping you – our loyal reader – in the know about all of the cool, hip happenings in OKC. Don’t hesitate to hit us up on Facebook or Twitter with questions or ideas. All our posts are also tagged by topic so you can easily find past blogs for information, everything from attractions to downtown and much more.

retail, State Fair Park, zoo, Dodgers, festivals, Innovation District, MAPS, OKC Energy, Oklahoma River
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 24, 2015

What are we thankful for? Sports

OKC Energy Player [Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

[Photo Credit: OKC Energy]

Crimson and Cream, Orange and Black, Blue and “Sunset” … no matter what color you pledge alliance to, it has been a year to be thankful for in the Sooner State (or Cowboy Nation). The football teams are making national waves, the Thunder just tipped off an exciting year and our local pro baseball and soccer teams got a taste of deep post-season runs. Check out some recent blog posts if you need a quick refresher on the joy (and sometimes agony) our local teams provide.

  • Oklahoma City Thunder- Injuries derailed an exciting Thunder team last season but a new coach and healthy team (knocking on all the wood in the world) has this looking like a year we won’t soon forget.
  • Oklahoma City Dodgers- The Dodgers wrapped up their inaugural season in OKC with a division title.
  • Oklahoma City Energy- In just two short years OKC’s soccer team has already developed a rabid fan base. The fan base was rewarded with a great season as the Energy advanced to the Western Conference finals.
  • Oklahoma City Blue- The Blue are starting their second season in Oklahoma City and the games are a great place to get a preview of future NBA talent.
  • Oklahoma Sooners- The Sooners have one of the most storied football programs in the country and are looking to add to their impressive trophy case this season. The basketball team is also nationally ranked to start the season.
  • Oklahoma State Cowboys- The Cowboys are in the winningest era in the program’s history. OSU will play OU this weekend with a potential conference championship on the line.
  • Small-College Football- The Sooners and Cowboys are not the only local colleges who play big-time football.
Thunder, baseball, basketball, college, Dodgers, football, OKC Energy, soccer
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 22, 2015

Dodgers Dodgeball!

Dodgers Dodgeball

The inaugural Oklahoma City Dodgers season may be over (boooo!), but the fun’s not finished at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (yayyyy!). The Dodgers are hosting the first Dodgers Dodgeball tournament on Thursday, October 1st from 6-10 p.m. So get anywhere from six to 10 of your friends with good arms and quick feet together and try your luck dodging those flyin’ red balls as you take a trip back in time to middle school at The Brick. $35 per person gets you at least three games guaranteed, along with a t-shirt, three beers (we know you didn’t get any cold ones in gym class), and a lifetime of memories—as long as you don’t get beaned in the head too much, anyway. Are you in or are you “out” (get it??)? Hurry, because registration closes on September 24. Be there!

adult sports, baseball, Dodgers
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, September 1, 2015

The root of Oklahoma City’s forward momentum

Kayakers on the Oklahoma River

While we’re on the subject of elections, let’s talk about one of the most important elections in Oklahoma City’s recent history – the one that changed everything and led to the city’s current, ongoing transformation. If you have visited the Oklahoma River or seen the U.S. Olympic training programs for both canoe/kayak and rowing programs there or attended an OKC Dodgers game in Bricktown, you’ve enjoyed some of the results of that election more than 20 years ago.

Informally and most commonly known as MAPS, the first election for Metropolitan Area Projects happened on Dec. 14, 1993. Then, voters approved a five-year, one-cent sales tax to build or upgrade nine community facilities – projects that are now known as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark (construction), Cox Convention Center (renovation), State Fair Park (improvements), the Bricktown Canal (construction), Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library (construction), Chesapeake Energy Arena (construction), the Oklahoma River (transformation into a popular recreation area with rowing, kayaking and more), Civic Center Music Hall (rebuilding) and new trolleys.

The initiative was so successful and popular that voters have since approved similar limited-term MAPS sales taxes three more times. MAPS for Kids funded school improvements and renovations and MAPS 3, which passed in 2009 is currently underway.

All projects have been built debt free, and each sales tax has had a term limit.

Since MAPS passed in 1993, Oklahoma City has seen more than $5 billion in new public and private investment throughout the city. But the energy, momentum and pride these projects have added to our city are unmeasurable.

Oklahoma River, school, Bricktown, Dodgers, election, library, MAPS
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Take Me Out to the Ballgame

What could be more American than spending the Fourth watching baseball and eating a Dodger Dog? The answer is simply nothing (unless you go to the game in an Uncle Sam outfit). After the Oklahoma City Dodgers play, and hopefully beat, the Storm Chasers of Omaha you will be treated to a spectacular fireworks show, an annual tradition in OKC.

Not much of a baseball fan even in celebration of America? No problem. The great thing about fireworks is that you can see them from almost anywhere. Grab a bite to eat at your favorite Bricktown establishment, take a cruise down the Bricktown Canal or even check out Live on the Green in Lower Bricktown for some free, live music while enjoying the dazzling display of pyrotechnics. 

baseball, Dodgers, family-friendly, free, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, April 7, 2015

Bleeding Dodger Blue

photo provided by Oklahoma City University

[photo credit: Oklahoma City University]

Your chance to join “The Blue Crew” is here! The first game of the Dodger era in Oklahoma City is on Thursday, April 9 at 7:05 p.m. when your Oklahoma City Dodgers take on the Round Rock Express. It’s “Two-Dollar Thursdays” at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, so beyond the bragging rights you get by being among the first to see the new team in action, you can also quench your thirst with $2 beer, soft drinks, or even just plain old water if you’re trying to balance out those salty peanuts you’ll probably eat (because hey, it’s hard to turn down a delicious salty bag when they’re being hawked vociferously and right there for the taking). If you’re not so into peanuts, perhaps consider taking in a hotdog or two as the world-famous Dodger Dog makes its OKC debut. It’s going to be a great, historic day at The Brick so don’t miss it!

baseball, Dodgers
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Dodger Data

Dodger Fans

Let’s get to know a little more about OKC’s parent club, the Los Angeles Dodgers.

  • Nicknames include: The Blue Crew, The Boys in Blue, The Azul, and Los Doyers (more)
  • The Dodgers have won the World Series six times and the National League pennant 21 times.
  • The Dodgers moved to LA from Brooklyn in 1958.
  • The team, formed in 1883 (before the land run!), was originally called the Brooklyn Atlantics.
  • The “Dodgers” name is a shortened form of “Trolley Dodgers,” which came about in 1895 due to the “complex maze of trolley cars that weaved its way through the borough of Brooklyn.” (Fittingly, Oklahoma Citians will soon be dodging our own streetcars soon!)
  • Jackie Robinson became the first African-American to play Major League Baseball when he suited up for the Brooklyn Dodgers on April 15, 1947.
  • Dodger Stadium in LA is currently the third-oldest ballpark in MLB, behind Fenway Park in Boston and Wrigley Field in Chicago.
  • The Dodgers’ biggest rivals are the San Francisco Giants, who used to play across town in Manhattan as the New York Giants when both teams were in NY.
  • Other rivalries include the LA Angels of Anaheim (the “Freeway Series”), the San Diego Padres (both in NL West), and the New York Yankees (there have been 11 Yankees-Dodgers World Series).

There is lots more great Dodger info at the team’s website. Let’s go Dodgers!

baseball, Dodgers, history
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).

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