Oklahoma City: Sports & Recreation
In Oklahoma City, packed bleachers line vibrant riverbanks, tens of thousands of fans roar for the Oklahoma City Thunder, and championships take place everywhere from baseball diamonds to archery ranges. Whether you prefer to be in the stands or on the field, Oklahoma City is a sports lover’s paradise. From rowing to running and Frisbee golf to softball, Oklahoma City will keep you moving! And, with a full slate of college championship games in baseball, softball and basketball, there’s always something to cheer about!
The downtown Ford Center is home to Oklahoma City’s very own NBA franchise, the Oklahoma City Thunder. As this 20,000-seat arena continues to undergo renovations and major upgrades, big-name concerts and tours continue to make stops in Oklahoma City.
With the Cox Convention Center, home to the Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz arenafootball2 team, just across the street from the Ford Center, downtown is buzzing with people out on the town during game nights. Fans can also be found cheering on the Oklahoma City RedHawks Triple-A baseball team at the AT&T Bricktown Ballpark. The “Brick” is recognized as one of the top minor league ballparks in the country. The action continues at Oklahoma City’s premiere racetrack, Remington Park Racing Casino. Watch with anticipation to see which skilled jockey and noble steed will be first across the finish line.
For those on the quest for the unexpected, Oklahoma City is home to Mat Hoffman Enterprises and Hoffman Bikes, leaders in BMX freestyle biking. Visit one of the most challenging skateparks in the region: the 26,000-square-foot Mat Hoffman Action Sports Park. The facility is designed for skateboarding, in-line skating and BMX freestyle biking. If that isn’t enough for you, just across the Bricktown canal is Rocktown Climbing Gym, an indoor climbing facility built inside an old concrete grain silo. If speed is what you are looking for, grab a kart at Pole Position Raceway for an indoor racing adventure.
The Oklahoma River is fast becoming one of the world’s premier venues for rowing and canoe/kayak. The river’s Boathouse District includes the Chesapeake Boathouse and, now under construction, the Devon Boathouse – home of Oklahoma City University Rowing – and the Chesapeake Finish Line Tower. Each year the river is the site of numerous regattas and is now a US Olympic & Paralympic Training Site. Races in 2010 will include the Big 12 Championship, ACRA National Championship and OCU Head of the Oklahoma regatta.
With more than 30 lakes within an hour’s drive, 83 miles of trails and 33 public and private golf courses, Oklahoma City offers plenty of opportunities to connect with nature in its urban landscape. And, the city’s extensive park system provides attractive, well-maintained areas for tennis, swimming, biking, jogging and even horseback riding. Take to the trails for a jog or bike ride at Lake Hefner. This popular recreation area boasts a 9-mile trail surrounding the lake, which is famous for sailboats and windsurfers. Extend your stay to explore and discover all Oklahoma City has to offer.