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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.
Norman, Stillwater, college, football
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Up North

If you want to take a road trip north of Oklahoma City you can find history, sports, outdoor fun and more. 

First, let’s start with the history because there is no better way to celebrate Oklahoma’s rich history than to visit the largest Historic Preservation District in the nation. Guthrie is Oklahoma’s territorial capital and home to historic museums, more than a dozen bed and breakfasts and a highly preserved historical downtown district.

After Guthrie, we suggest you keep your caravan moving north to Stillwater, one of Oklahoma’s most famous college towns. Home to the Oklahoma State University Cowboys, Stillwater is sure to show you a good time. Stillwater is home to the National Wrestling Hall of Fame, one of the best public golf courses in America, Karsten Creek, three different lakes and a downtown that looks like it belongs on a postcard.

OKC’s closest neighbor to the north is Edmond. Edmond is home to two colleges, lakes, parks and more. We suggest checking the schedule of the Armstrong Auditorium to experience this architectural gem. You can read more about Edmond in a past post here.

arts and culture, college, day-trip, Edmond, golf, Guthrie, history, museums, Stillwater, water sports
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017

Road Trip North: Stillwater

Oklahoma State

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities to do in its own right. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more. 
  • Main Street Shopping – Downtown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes BlackwellMcMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

golf, Oklahoma City, outdoor recreation, Stillwater
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:

education, Norman, Stillwater, university, college
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Stillwater

OSU

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities. Read on for more ideas on how to spend your time in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more.
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – The Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

water sports, camping, college, day-trip, food, golf, mountain biking, museums, outdoor recreation, retail, Stillwater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, August 11, 2015

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, July 28, 2015

Orange you glad we mentioned OSU?

Oklahoma State University (OSU around these parts) is located in Stillwater about an hour north of OKC. OSU boasts more than 35,000 students system-wide with campuses in Stillwater, Oklahoma City, Tulsa and Okmulgee. OSU has been named among the top values in public education, according to Kiplinger and others, and it boasts a presence in all 77 of Oklahoma’s counties, thanks to the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service.

When OSU was originally established in 1890, it was named Oklahoma A&M. True to its heritage, even today OSU boasts top-notch programs in the fields of agriculture, horticulture and engineering.

Having grown far beyond its historic roots as an A&M (agriculture and mechanical) school, OSU offers todays’ students nearly 200 major fields of study. The College of Veterinary Medicine, the School of Engineering and the School of Entrepreneurship are all renowned for excellence.

The university is home to the largest student union building in the world, complete with a movie theatre, restaurants, student lounges, art exhibitions and an 81-room hotel that gives hospitality students an opportunity for first-hand experience in the industry. No wonder OSU’s School of Hotel and Restaurant Administration consistently ranks in the top 25 nationally.

OSU is also known for its annual Homecoming celebration. Each year, more than 40,000 alumni and 70,000 spectators fill Boone Pickens Stadium for a spectacle that supporters claim is the best homecoming celebration in the country. And Cowboy fans have plenty of reasons for school pride, OSU boasts 51 NCAA titles across its sports, the fourth-most team championships in the country.

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Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Education options closer to home

student studying

Students looking for a slightly smaller 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. Forbes has listed Oklahoma City University, a liberal arts United Methodist-affiliated school in the Uptown district, on its list of “Best Christian Colleges” and “100 Best College Buys,” according to OCU’s website. The university also recently moved its OCU School of Law downtown and opened 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:

Oklahoma City, Stillwater, career tech, college, Edmond, education
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Happy Birthday to You…

Guess who turns the big 2-3-9 this week? These United States of America, of course. Since firefighters across the country might frown on putting 239 candles on the cake, why don’t you let someone else do all the work and hit one of the many celebratory events all over the metro instead? On this week’s blog we will take a look at some of the best firework displays, festivals and parades you will find in OKC.

So grill a hotdog, grab an ice-cold beverage (something made in ’Merica) and enjoy the Fourth. No matter what corner of the OKC metro you live in we promise you there is a celebration nearby. Also, don't forget that personal fireworks are illegal in OKC proper, including sparklers, snakes and bottle rockets. (Don't say we didn't warn you.) Here are a few public fireworks displays for you to enjoy:

Know of any other communities nearby having Fourth of July bashes we missed? Let us know in the comments.

family-friendly, festivals, free, holiday, Kingfisher, Moore, Stillwater, Yukon, Bethany, Edmond
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Rounding Home

There are two more communities to the north that are well worth a day-trip when you want to explore. We’ve already talked about them previously so be sure to check out some of our past blogs for more in-depth info.

  • Guthrie- The great state of Oklahoma’s first capital (for the full story click here), Guthrie is located just 35 minutes due north of OKC. Downtown Guthrie is a must-visit destination on your check list as it feature many buildings from the late 19th century and is even designated a National Historic Landmark.
  • Stillwater- Head just a little further up I-35 and you’ll hit Stillwater. The town is home to Oklahoma State University so it’s a great chance to catch some college sports. You can also visit the National Wrestling Hall of Fame for more on the history of one of the world’s oldest sports. Downtown Stillwater offers a classic main street and there are three lakes in Stillwater that offer aquatic fun.
water sports, Guthrie, history, museums, Stillwater
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Visit Stillwater

Home of Oklahoma State University, Stillwater is just an hour or so up the road from OKC and features plenty of diverse activities to do in its own right. In fact, you can visit museums and art alongside an exotic animal safari. And sure, while you can drive by the house where Garth Brooks used to live, go to the yearly Calf Fry at the Tumbleweed and pay homage to the home of Red Dirt music, there’s plenty more you should see and do in Stillwater.

  • The National Wrestling Hall of Fame – this “shrine to the sport of wrestling” should definitely be on your Stillwater to-do list. Full of memorabilia and history, “mankind’s oldest and most basic form of recreational combat” is celebrated here. Learn about the sport’s pioneers, African-American and Latino wrestling history, America’s Olympic heroes, and more. 
  • Main Street ShoppingDowntown Stillwater features that classic Main Street feel, with lots of local flavor and things to see and eat. Bike nights, Food Truck nights, and the Car and Bike Show augment the experience. Check the calendar at the link above to see what’s going down Downtown, or just head out and get your shop on.
  • Lake Fun – Stillwater’s three area reservoirs of regalement stand ready for you to visit any time of year. Lakes Blackwell, McMurtry, and Boomer offer all the typical lake fun you can stand and then some, including bird watching, mountain biking, hunting, disc golf, camping, horseback riding and trails for fitness, among other features.
  • Golf at Karsten Creek – the Stillwater area in general offers plenty for the duffers out there, but you may want to pay a special visit to Karsten Creek. Considered one of the best public courses in the nation, this Tom Fazio-designed course is the home of Oklahoma State’s golf teams, and you can play there too! Take the opportunity to grab your clubs and experience a demanding course you’re sure not to forget.

For more info, just hop over to www.visitstillwater.org.

museums, shopping, Stillwater, water sports, western heritage, college, golf
Posted by: Greater Oklahoma City Chamber
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Tuesday, July 8, 2014

Par for the Course

With more than 3,000 hours of sunlight each year and more than 33 courses in metro OKC alone, golf is a hidden recreational gem in the Sooner State. From playing a round with your buddies to our local universities and major professional tournaments, Oklahoma City has a deep connection with the sport.

No matter your budget, you can find a quality course close by. The City of Oklahoma City operates five public courses located throughout Oklahoma City proper:

The metro is also home to one of the most prestigious courses in America. Oak Tree National, located in Edmond, opened in 1976 and was designed by Pete Dye. Oak Tree has hosted a handful of major tournaments, including the 1984 U.S. Amateur, 1988 PGA Championship, 2006 Senior PGA Championship and this year’s U.S. Senior Open. Oak Tree is a private course so to play you’ll need a membership or an invite from a good friend who has one (trust us, to play Oak Tree is worth it).

The passion for golf is also evident in the college ranks as both Oklahoma State and the University of Oklahoma have strong golf traditions. The Cowboys have won 10 national championships and finished runner-up 16 times. The Sooners won the national title in 1989 and have won more than 15 conference titles. Both programs have courses to fit their prestige (and both are open to the public).

Jimmie Austin OU Golf Club is located in Norman (home of the Sooners) and hosted the 2009 U.S. Amateur Public Links Championship, among other important amateur tournaments. Karsten Creek, just north of OKC in Stillwater, was designed by famous golf course architect Tom Fazio and was ranked as the best college course in America by Travel & Leisure Golf.

Looking for a more casual game? TopGolf is coming to North OKC in the Spring of 2015. TopGolf combines a first-class sports bar with a driving range. You and your friends can enjoy great food and drinks while engaging in fun and casual golf games day or night. Each ball you hit is equipped with a micro-chip that tracks how far you hit the ball. TopGolf is easy and appropriate for all ages and skill level.

golf, outdoor recreation, Stillwater
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]

football, live sporting events, Norman, Stillwater, Edmond
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.

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