Saturday, January 19, 2013

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma Pro Sports Guide

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma has a population of 580,000 with one and a quarter million in the metro area. With the NBA Thunder arriving in 2008, OKC is now on the major league sports map. The city does provide other pro sports options, as well.

Oklahoma City Thunder - NBA (National Basketball Association)

The Thunder began life as the Seattle SuperSonics in 1967-68. The Sonics remained in the Pacific Northwest until the end of the 2007-08 season, winning one NBA title in 1978-79. The Thunder play out of the Chesapeake Energy Arena, a 18,203 seat venue completed in 2002. In 2011-12, the team reached the NBA finals before losing to the Miami Heat in five games.

Oklahoma City RedHawks - PCL (Pacific Coast League AAA Baseball)

The RedHawks have been around since 1962. The team is currently the AAA affiliate of the Houston Astros of the National League. The RedHawks play out of the 13,066 seat Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, built in 1998.

Oklahoma City Barons - AHL (American Hockey League)

The Barons are the AHL affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers. The team can trace its roots to the Nova Scotia Oilers that began play in 1984-85. The Barons have been in Oklahoma City since the 2010-11 season and play their home games at the Cox Convention Center. The Cox is a 13,399 seat venue built in 1972.

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