From rowing and running to Frisbee golf and softball, Oaklahoma City is a sports lover’s paradise. With facilities such as the ASA Hall of Fame Stadium, the Boathouse District on the Oklahoma River and the Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center, a variety of sporting events can take place in Oklahoma City. With 16,000 hotel rooms city-wide, affordable rates and a friendly atmosphere, Oklahoma City is the ideal destination for your next event.
Oklahoma River Boathouse District
The Oklahoma River acts as a natural sports venue, designated as an official Olympic and Paralympic training site for rowing, canoe and kayak competitions. The City of Oklahoma City has plans to construct a new whitewater center, a state-of-the-art facility that will accommodate athletes of all skill levels.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
Considered one of the most popular sports venues in Oklahoma City, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is the home of the OKC Redhawks, a Triple-A affiliate of the Houston Astros. However, the stadium is not limited to minor league baseball games, as it frequently welcomes Big 12 baseball tournaments, among others. The venue is equipped with locker rooms, concessions, dugouts and seating for over 13,000 spectators.
ASA Hall of Fame Stadium
The ASA Hall of Fame Stadium is one of the nation’s top softball venues. It features four elite playing fields, as well as the National Softball Hall of Fame and Museum, where sports teams can learn about the influence the game of softball has had on American culture. The facility has hosted the World Cup of Softball, ASA Hall of Fame tournaments and NCAA Women’s College World Series. The complex has a wide range of amenities and seating for 7,300 fans.
Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center
The Oklahoma City Community College Aquatics Center first gained recognition when it served as the main pool for competitions during the 1989 U.S. Olympic Festival. Now, the pool plays host to regional and national aquatic events, such as the NAIA S&D championships and youth tournaments. The complex features a 50-by-25-meter, eight-lane pool, with a moveable bulkhead to accommodate different race lengths. It also has a separate diving well with two one-meter springboards, two three-meter boards, and five-meter, seven-meter and 10-meter platforms. The stadium can fit at least 1,000 spectators in the bleachers.
Attractions and Accommodations
Adjacent to downtown is Bricktown, an entertainment district where guests can take a water taxi ride down the canal, catch a flick at the theater, visit the American Banjo Museum or dine at one of many restaurants or clubs. Along the Oklahoma River, visitors can enjoy the scenery and get a workout by walking on the trails, renting a bike or kayak, or taking rowing lessons at the first propulsion dynamic rowing tank. The brand new SandRidge SkyTrail in the Boathouse District is an 80-foot adventure course with various levels of challenges on a 200-foot zip line. Oklahoma City offers one of the top zoos in the country, a children’s science museum and the National Cowboy &Western Heritage Museum. Big downtown draws are Myriad Botanical Gardens & Tropical Conservatory, Oklahoma City National Memorial & Museum and the NBA’s Oklahoma City Thunder. Learn about the Sooner State’s rough-and-tumble past and Native American heritage at the Oklahoma History Center, located near the State Capitol. And check out the Western wear shops and famous Cattleman’s Steakhouse in the Stockyards City district. In downtown and beyond, OKC has hotel facilities in every style, offering more than 16,000 rooms.
Getting Here and Around
Oklahoma City is located at the heart of the country, making it easily accessible from all regions. Driving into the city is simplified by three interstates—I-35, I-40 and I-44. OKC is one hour and 45 minutes from Tulsa, 2 hours and 45 minutes from Wichita, three hours and 45 minutes from Dallas, and five hours and 35 minutes from Kansas City. With more than 2,400 miles of four-lane roads, Oklahoma City ranked as the country’s sixth most drivable city in a recent MSN.com survey. Will Rogers World Airport offers nonstop air service to 22 airports in 19 cities. Amtrak’s Heartland flyer makes daily runs to Oklahoma City from Fort Worth. For easy travel in downtown OKC, there’s the Downtown Discovery bus.
The OKC Convention and Visitors Bureau staff offers marketing services such as press releases and micro-websites to create buzz around an event. They will hang banners in hotels, airports and entertainment districts to boost awareness for sports tournaments around town. The CVB will also offer VIP gifts and help with visitor information. In 2013OKC and Edmond, a northern suburb, hosted the Region III Championships, bringing in over 20,000 soccer players for six days. In addition, the NCAA Division 1 Women’s Regional Basketball Tournament came to OKC, on top of the ASA Hall of Fame Tournaments, World Cup of Softball and NCAA Women’s College World Series. In 2012 Oklahoma City welcomed the NAIA National Swimming and Diving Championships, Special Olympics Softball Tournament, USTA National Regional Girls Tournament, and USA Canoe/Kayak US Olympic Team Trials for Sprint Canoe and Kayak.