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Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Boomer Sooner, Orange Power

OU Football

Bleed Crimson. Orange Power. Boomer Sooner. Pistols firing. Ask any Oklahoman who their favorite college football team is, and there’s a 97% chance one of these phrases will be the response. We’ve been accused of taking college football too seriously before, but if you ever head to Norman or Stillwater on gameday, you’ll see what all the fuss is about. Before you make that drive, though, here are five things to know about college football in Oklahoma to prepare you for the gameday fanfare.

  1. The Oklahoma Sooners have the 4th winningest college football program of all-time, behind only Michigan, Notre Dame and Ohio State in terms of winning percentage.
  2. Boone Pickens Stadium at Oklahoma State University is the oldest in the Big 12 Conference, with football being played there since 1913.
  3. Oklahoma was named the 2nd best state for college football.
  4. OU and OSU are both ranked in the top 10 of the Associated Press’ 2017 preseason poll.
  5. OSU’s first game is Aug. 31 against the University of Tulsa and OU’s first game is Sept. 2 against UTEP.
college, football, Norman, Stillwater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Down South

OU Campus in Norman

There is nothing like a college town, especially in the fall. Norman, home of the University of Oklahoma, makes a great day getaway from Oklahoma City. The state’s third-largest city channels both the bustle of a big city as well as the quaint charm of a college town. Be sure to check out the University of Oklahoma’s campus and catch a football game with 85,000 close friends.   

Looking to cool off from the hot Oklahoma heat? Continue your journey south to the one and only Lake Murray. Located inside the state park, Lake Murray has some of the clearest blue waters around. You can enjoy the day boating, fishing, swimming or stay the night in one of Lake Murray’s quaint cabins.

college, fishing, football, Norman, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Rocking the suburbs

House in Edmond

In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t mean that you are too far away from the action. The city’s large land area allows you plenty of options, while Oklahoma City’s low commute times make getting where you need to go a breeze. Oklahoma City has plenty of options for a suburban paradise in all directions from city center

Near Northwest OKC
Situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near scenic Lake Hefner, the enduring popularity of these neighborhoods surprises no one. A variety of residences can be found, ranging from 30s-platted mansions to 50s-built ranch-style to 80s-developed subdivisions with larger footage. Close to shopping and recreation and sporting easy interstate access, this area is an enclave for those desiring suburban living without the commute. Subdivisions and cities include Nichols Hills, Lakeshore, Lansbrook, The Village, Warr Acres and more.

Northwest OKC/Edmond
Recent construction, a growing amount of retail offerings and larger homes are typically what you will find in this area. Some communities are gated and all offer outstanding neighborhood involvement. Good highway and turnpike access comes standard, as does excellent public schools. Subdivisions include Blue Stem, Warwick, Val Verde, Bocage, Summerfield, The Greens, Glen Eagles, Englewood Manor, Gaillardia, Oak Tree, Quail Creek, Silverhawk, Whitehall, Rose Creek, Oak Cliff Estates, Stone Creek Canyon, Highland Trails, Fairfax, Kingsbury Ridge, The Bluffs, Arbor Creek, La Sonata, The Grove South, Montague, Sonador, Heritage Oaks and many others.

South OKC/Moore/Norman
South Oklahoma City boasts more room, more new subdivisions, more new retail, more diversity, more value and more excitement than ever before. Similar to its counterparts in the northwest, newer construction and larger floorplans come standard, as do excellent public schools and interstate access. Subdivisions include Pepperwell Oaks, Rivendell, The Vineyard, Talavera, Brookhaven, Hallbrooke, Blue Creek, Classen Miller, Crossroads, Carrington Place, Summit Lakes, Eagles Cove, Lost Creek, The Willows, The Apples, Deerfield, Park Place, Eagle Cliff South and more.

Edmond, housing, Moore, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 23, 2016

Higher education

Old North at UCO

With more than 18 public and private schools with 125,000 college students, we believe Greater OKC is the perfect place to start or continue your college experience. Oklahoma City is 20.9 miles from the University of Oklahoma and only 66.9 miles from Oklahoma State University – the two largest universities in the state with a wide variety of educational opportunities.

Students looking for campus life have a number of options for furthering their education in the Greater Oklahoma City area. Nearly 17,000 students attend Edmond’s University of Central Oklahoma, making it the third largest college in the state. On the south side of the metro, students at Oklahoma City Community College can earn associate’s degrees and learn valuable technical skills.

The state capital is also home to a number of private universities that bring quality educations to the local academic field. Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school is located in the Uptown district. The university’s OCU School of Law is located downtown and in a renovated 105-year-old building that once operated as the first high school in Oklahoma City.

Oklahoma Christian University, located in Edmond, is also a top-ranked regional university according to both U.S. News and World Report and the Princeton Review.

Other metro options include:

college, education, Norman, Stillwater, university
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 10, 2016

All Points South

We often brag about Oklahoma City’s ideal location at two of the nation’s major arteries, Interstates 35 and 40. Sure, our equidistance between both coasts makes us a great location for business, but it also has benefits for residents, too. A quick drive south on I-35 offers plenty of sites to see and towns to enjoy. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History and the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Read some of our past coverage on Norman attractions here.

Pauls Valley
Pauls Valley is home to The Toy and Action Figure Museum, one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and a must-see museum for the kid at heart. The Toy and Action Figure Museum houses more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures, and it’s also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, The Artesian Hotel, Casino and Spa, the ARTesian Gallery and Studios, and Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory.

attractions, Davis, day-trip, museums, Norman, outdoor recreation, Pauls Valley, Sulphur
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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Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Hop on the Sooner Schooner

University of Oklahoma

Did you know that The University of Oklahoma is one of the top public schools in the country, ranking No. 1 in enrollment of National Merit Scholars and is among the top 10 in the graduation of Rhodes Scholars? OU serves more than 30,000 students with campuses in Norman, Oklahoma City and Tulsa.

The university encourages students to strive for academic excellence, but also provides plenty of opportunities for local involvement and extracurricular leadership. OU offers more than 150 majors – including the popular degree fields of business, engineering, health professions, international studies, journalism and marketing. Recognized nationally as an excellent research university, OU provides both undergraduate and graduate students opportunities to work closely with innovative faculty mentors.

In addition to their academic interests, many students participate in the university’s active campus life through Greek fraternities and sororities, student government, campus activities or the varsity and intermural sports teams. The Big Event, a university-sponsored community service venture, demonstrates the Sooners’ annual effort to make a positive local impact.

While OU is a great place to earn a top-notch degree, its sports programs have a rich history and the football team consistently competes on the national stage (with seven national championships).

college, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 23, 2015

Sticking with the Suburbs

Suburban Edmond Home

In Oklahoma City, living in the suburbs doesn’t mean that you are too far away from the action. The city’s large land area allows you with plenty of options, while Oklahoma City’s low commute times make getting where you need to go a breeze. Oklahoma City has plenty of options for a suburban paradise in all directions from city center

Near Northwest OKC
Situated in the northwest quadrant of Oklahoma City near scenic Lake Hefner, the enduring popularity of these neighborhoods surprises no one. A variety of residences can be found, ranging from 30s-platted mansions to 50s-built ranch-style to 70s-developed subdivisions with larger footage. Close to shopping and recreation and sporting easy interstate access, this area is an enclave for those desiring suburban living without the commute. Subdivisions and cities include Nichols Hills, Lakeshore, Lansbrook, The Village, Warr Acres and more.

Northwest OKC/Edmond
Recent construction, a growing amount of retail offerings and larger homes are typically what you will find in this area. Some communities are gated and all offer outstanding neighborhood involvement. Good highway and turnpike access comes standard, as does excellent public schools. Subdivisions include Blue Stem, Warwick, Val Verde, Bocage, Summerfield, The Greens, Glen Eagles, Englewood Manor, Gaillardia, Oak Tree, Quail Creek, Silverhawk, Whitehall, Rose Creek, Oak Cliff Estates, Stone Creek Canyon, Highland Trails, Fairfax, Kingsbury Ridge, The Bluffs, Arbor Creek, La Sonata, The Grove South, Montague, Sonador, Heritage Oaks and many others.

South OKC/Moore/Norman
South Oklahoma City boasts more room, more new subdivisions, more new retail, more diversity, more value and more excitement than ever before. Similar to its counterparts in the northwest, newer construction and larger floorplans come standard, as do excellent public schools and interstate access. Subdivisions include Pepperwell Oaks, Rivendell, The Vineyard, Talavera, Brookhaven, Hallbrooke, Blue Creek, Classen Miller, Crossroads, Carrington Place, Summit Lakes, Eagles Cove, Lost Creek, The Willows, The Apples, Deerfield, Park Place, Eagle Cliff South and more.

Edmond, housing, Moore, Norman
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 16, 2015

The City is Alive With The Sound of Music

Crowd at Twilight Concert

We’ve covered places where you can check out some live music in town before, but the great thing about summer in OKC is that there are also plenty of chances to take in some totally free music outdoors with programs like Art Moves, Noon Tunes, OKC’s Friday district extravaganzas and other regularly recurring events. And what’s better than free? Not much, except maybe if they’re paying you… unfortunately, that’s not usually how it works. Wah-wah. Who do you think you are, The Bruce Dickinson? Sorry, you’re not. But still! Get those eardrums in earshot of the events below—and let us know what we’re missing.

  • First Friday of every month – Paseo First Friday Art Walk – 6 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art / Gallery Receptions and live music in the Paseo District
  • Second Friday of every month – LIVE on the Plaza – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – Plaza District merchants open late with live music and special events
  • Third Friday of every month – Premiere on Film Row – 7 p.m. – 10 p.m. – Art exhibitions, food trucks, film screenings and live music
  • Last Friday of every month – H&8th Night Market – 7 p.m. – 11 p.m. – “Family- and pet- friendly street festival built around a lineup of the city’s top gourmet food trucks and live music…”
  • Every Sunday – Sunday Twilight Concert Series at the Myriad Botanical Gardens (one of our TBL staff’s favorites) – 7 p.m. – 9:30 p.m. – bring a lawn chair or blanket, some foodstuffs and beverages and stuff yourself with edible and aural goodness.
  • Every Thursday – Noon Tunes at the Norick Downtown Library – 12:00 p.m. (naturally) – 1:00 p.m. – “musical performances from local musicians” in the cool comfort of the atrium of the downtown library
  • First Thursday of every month – Western Avenue on the Lawn Summer Series at 62nd and Western Ave. – 5:00 p.m. – 8 p.m. – “free live music for the whole family” along with food trucks and COOP beer
  • Third Thursday of every month – Auto Alley Shop Hop in Automobile Alley – 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. – giveaways, extended shopping hours, activities for kids and live music
  • Every work day (that’s right!) – Art Moves at various locations downtown – 12:00 p.m. – 1:00 p.m., generally – music and occasional other live acts while you munch and mingle
  • Every Thursday night – concerts “in the park” in Midwest City (Joe B. Barnes Regional Park), Edmond (Hafer Park), and Yukon (Chisholm Trail Park)
  • Every other Sunday – Norman’s Summer Breeze Concert Series – 7:30 p.m. – Lions Park at the corner of Flood and Symmes
  • Select Fridays during the summer -- FAA Credit Union Summer Movie Series at the Boathouse District – head on down to the Oklahoma River with a blanket or lawn chair for live music, food trucks and a beer garden along with free family-friendly movies projected on the side of the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Music and festivities begin at 6 p.m., with films rolling at 8:30 p.m.
live music, music, Norman, Paseo District, Western Avenue, Automobile Alley, family-friendly, festivals, Film Row
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Sights to See in Southern Oklahoma

The communities along the Interstate 35 corridor between Oklahoma City and the state’s southern boundary are full of attractions that warrant a trip in their own right. Get to know your state as you explore these southern points!

Norman
With its close ties to the University of Oklahoma, this town is a quick escape from Oklahoma City with attractions for every age. You would be remiss if you missed Norman’s museums and educational attractions, including the Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History. This museum gives new meaning to the prehistoric age as it walks you through four billion years of the earth’s history. If you prefer post-impressionism to Pentaceratops, visit the Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art. Learn more about current exhibitions at the museum.

Pauls Valley
Calling all kids and kids at heart! The Toy and Action Figure Museum was ranked as one of Time Magazine’s “Top 50 Most Authentic American Experiences” and offers more than 13,000 classic pop culture figures for you to enjoy. The museum walks you through the toy-making process from concept through manufacturing and has an interactive area if you feel the urge to play. The museum is also home to the Oklahoma Cartoonists Collection, which features Oklahoma cartoonists like Chester Gould (of Dick Tracy) and Jack and Carole Bender (from Alley Oop).

Sulphur and Davis
Just east of I-35, the towns of Sulphur and Davis are in the heart of the Chickasaw Nation and are an easy distance to the Chickasaw National Recreation Area and the Lake of the Arbuckles. The Chickasaw National Recreation Area  is Oklahoma’s oldest national park and offers campsites and opportunities for biking, boating, water sports and hiking, to name a few. Nearby is the Chickasaw Cultural Center, a can’t-miss glimpse into the history, heritage and way of life of the Chickasaws.  While in Davis, indulge your sweet tooth by paying a visit to Bedré Fine Chocolate Factory, which provides a behind the scenes look that could only be topped by Willy Wonka himself. Delectable chocolates are produced Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. and don’t worry – you can buy these tasty chocolates on site (chocolate covered chips, anyone?).  

attractions, Davis, day-trip, family-friendly, museums, Norman, Oklahoma, Pauls Valley, Sulphur
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Jazz in June

For the past 31 years, local and national blues and jazz artists have brought their craft to Norman, Okla., for Jazz in June, which takes place at Andrews Park and Brookhaven Village from June 19-21. Best of all, this festival is free to the public, so you can jazz it up to your heart’s content.

In addition to the main stage acts, several artists will also teach music clinics on Friday, June 20. If you are feeling extra jazzy, you can also bring your instrument of choice and make your own music at late-night jam sessions on Thursday, June 17 and Saturday, June 21. View the complete schedule and location of performances.

Norman, festivals, music
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Norman Gets in on the Fun

Fun street fairs aren’t just happening in Oklahoma City limits, as many communities in the region have their own monthly festivals. One of the most successful is 2nd Friday in Norman.

2nd Friday is a monthly, citywide celebration of the Arts in Norman (located just 20 miles south of downtown Oklahoma City). The event is free and features everything from dance to painting, photography and music. The number of participating organizations is too staggering to list so check out their website for a full list.

[Image courtesy of 2nd Friday in Norman]

arts and culture, festivals, Norman
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 28, 2012

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.

football, live sporting events, Norman, Oklahoma River, Stillwater, Thunder
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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