Oklahoma’s Sporting Presence
In addition to having an official Olympic and Paralympic training site, Oklahoma City is home to 4 professional sports teams. The most widely known team is the Oklahoma City Thunder, Oklahoma City’s professional National Basketball Association (NBA) team. The team moved from the Seattle Supersonics to Oklahoma City in 2008 and was renamed the OKC Thunder. Since playing in Oklahoma City the men have competed in the NBA finals from 2010-2013, sparking a huge fan base not only in Oklahoma but across the entire country. Learn more about the OKC Thunder here.
Oklahoma City is also home to its own minor league baseball team, The Redhawks, with its stadium centered in downtown. Established in 1962, under the name the 89ers, the Redhawks have held a strong presence in Oklahoma City for a number of locals. Last year the team earned a division title. Learn more about the OKC Redhawks here.
Professional hockey team the Oklahoma City Barons began playing in the city in 2010. The Barons are part of the West Division of the American Hockey League. The team also plays in downtown Oklahoma City. Learn more about the Barons here.
In 2013, Oklahoma announced the addition of a new American professional soccer team, the Oklahoma City Energy Football Club. As part of the United Soccer Leagues Professional Division, the team will begin its first season in 2014. Learn more about OKC Energy here.