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The Sooner State is no stranger to great sports tradition. Home of the NBA, NCAA, MiLB, and even AHL, Oklahoma visitors clearly have a diverse collection of thrilling action to choose from. Primarily located in the greater Oklahoma City area, catch a game any time of year and satisfy your competitive edge.
Traveling near downtown Oklahoma City in the winter months? Well, it doesn't get much more exciting than an NBA basketball game. The NBA's Oklahoma City Thunder have run the hardwood at Chesapeake Arena since 2008, when they were relocated from Seattle. Witness the slam dunks and college-like atmosphere for yourself from October to April.
Football fans, fear not. While there may not be an NFL team in Oklahoma, there certainly isn't a lack of heart-pounding, pigskin pride. Visit the towns of Norman or Stillwater and experience the frantic football fandom for the beloved University of Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State University Cowboys. Both play in the NCAA's Big 12 Conference during months of August to January.
Calling all summer vacationers. If you're traveling in Oklahoma, don't miss out on the great tradition of college and minor league baseball. The NCAA's Sooners and Cowboys compete during the months of February to June in the Big 12 Conference, while the MiLB Redhawks play Triple-A baseball in the Pacific Coast League – take in a minor league ball game at Chicksaw Bricktown Ballpark during the months of April to September.
Looking for indoor action this winter? Catch an Oklahoma City Baron's ice hockey game at Cox Convention Center this winter. Don't forget, the Sooners and Cowboys are no scrubs when it comes to ice hockey as well. Take in a Big 12 hockey game and you won't be disappointed.
Triple-A Redhawks & Big 12 Baseball
For sports fans, summer only means one thing – baseball season – and Oklahoma has plenty to offer visiting fans of America's pastime.
If you're going to be vacationing near downtown Oklahoma City this summer, be sure to catch a Redhawks baseball game. The Triple-A ball club acts as the farm system for MLB's Houston Astros, competing in the Pacific Coast League during the months of March until August. Cheer on future MLB stars at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark this summer.
Looking for more home run, base-stealing action? Visit neighboring regions of Stillwater and Norman for some of the best baseball the NCAA's Big 12 Conference has to offer.
L. Dale Mitchell Ballpark is home to the University of Oklahoma Sooners men's baseball team. Likewise, the lady Sooners have played home games at OU Sports Complex and Marita Hynes Field since 1998. Both the men and women's team have experienced success on a national level, winning multiple conference titles and national championships while competing in the Big 12 Conference. Visit Norman and help the Sooners get back to the NCAA tournament this summer.
North of Oklahoma City you'll find Cowboys country – the town of Stillwater and Oklahoma State University where the Cowboys and Cowgirls also compete in the Big 12 Conference. The Cowboys play home games at Allie P. Reynolds while the Cowgirls strike out the competition at Cowgirl Stadium.
The college baseball seasons runs from February to late June. Take in an Oklahoma ball game this spring.
Slam Dunk NBA & NCAA Action
Catch thunderous NBA basketball – no pun intended – this winter in Oklahoma City.
The Oklahoma City Thunder are one of the NBA's youngest franchises, having been relocated to Oklahoma in 2008. Since finding their permanent home, they've found no shortage of success and have quickly become of the league's more nationally recognized franchises.
If you're visiting greater Oklahoma City during the months of October to April, be sure to stop by Chesapeake Energy Arena and witness the type of high-flying excitement only the NBA can provide. The arena seats over 18,000 basketball fans is well known for its college-like, game day atmosphere, leading to the nickname, "Loud City." Help Thunder mascot, Rumble the Bison, cheer on the beloved Thunder this winter.
NCAA hoops fans have plenty to cheer for as well. The University of Oklahoma Sooners and Oklahoma State Cowboys both have renown basketball programs representing their respective regions.
The Sooners and lady Sooners entertain students and fans at the Lloyd Noble Center, located in the town of Norman, just south of Oklahoma City on Interstate 35. While competing in the Big 12 Conference, the Sooners have managed to win multiple conference titles since their inception in 1908.
In-state rivals, the Oklahoma State Cowboys and Cowgirls, also compete in the Big 12 Conference at Gallagher-Iba Arena in Stillwater, OK. Make the trip north from OKC, or the surrounding towns of Stroud, Guthrie, and Tulsa, and help the Cowboys win another NCAA title this winter.
Catch NCAA basketball fever during the winter months and cheer on Oklahoma college basketball during the NCAA's "March Madness" tournament.
UO Sooners & OSU Cowboys
No NFL? No problem. Football in Oklahoma is epitomized by the Big 12 Conference and the passionate college football fans throughout the state.
Visit the town of Norman during the months of August to January and catch a ride on the Sooner bandwagon – or should I say covered wagon? Just south of greater Oklahoma City, the Sooner football squad clashes with Big 12 Conference rivals at Gaylord Family Oklahoma Memorial Stadium every fall. Football fans travel south from OKC, Midwest City, and the town of Moore to catch the thrilling, bone-crunching action every Saturday.
The Sooners are no stranger to success, either, leading to the team becoming a household name for even the most casual college football fans. The Sooners have won over 10 national championships and over 40 conference titles since their inception in 1895.
Speaking of conferences, the Sooners have a fierce rivalry with fellow Big 12 competitors – the Oklahoma State Cowboys. Just north of Oklahoma City, in the buzzing town of Stillwater, the Cowboys tackle the competition at Boone Pickens Stadium. Fanatic football fans travel from neighboring towns of Stroud, Guthrie, and even Tulsa to cheer on the former conference champion OSU Cowboys.
Ice Melting Action In OKC
Ice hockey fans visiting the Sooner state have no shortage of thrilling, ice shredding action during the winter months.
The Oklahoma City Barons are the pride and joy of hockey fans in the greater Oklahoma City area. Visitors from neighboring regions such as Tulsa, the great plains, and southern Oklahoma make their way to the Cox Convention Center to cheer on the Barons as they face off with their West Division rivals. Founded in the 1984, the Barons are the only professional Hockey team in Oklahoma, competing in the Western Conference of the American Hockey League. The AFL season runs from October to April with the Calder Cup playoffs following the regular season.
Hockey fans, if you're visiting Oklahoma this winter, don't miss out on the competitive, unique action of the AHL and the Oklahoma City Barons.