Oklahoma City recently joined the NBA family with the relocation and rebranding of the Seattle Superonics. Now known as The Thunder, the team plays its 41 home games in the heart of our home town.
In light of this event, American Way magazine has showcased the city in two separate articles across its last two issues. The first article, in its February 1st issue, includes “what to do and see” recommendations from several local personalities including civic leaders, business owners, and media. From French bistros to dive bars and “cowboy museums” to crew style rowing, the list of recommendations provides a great cross section of the varied cultural and lifestyle attractions available in the city.
Which brings us to Linda Cavanaugh, a long time resident and Oklahoma City media personality who serves as an anchor on KFOR-TV’s news channel 4 . When it comes to western wear, Linda proclaims “Langston’s is it.” Specifically, she is directing readers to our Stockyards City store, which is just a short drive or trolley ride from downtown where the Thunder plays their home games at the Ford Center. Located in a historically renovated building, the store serves as both a retail store and tourist attraction. With many western themed businesses in the Stockyards, run by skilled craftsman with a passion for western culture and lifestyle, Stockyards City is actually a great place for all things western.
For a more in depth look at the NBA in Oklahoma City, the latest issue of American Way magazine contrasts the NBA’s newest venue with one of its most revered, New York’s Madison Square Garden, home of the New York Knicks. Titled City Game, Cowboy Style, the piece is an enlightening and in depth look at two very different markets that are now linked by one great game. It certainly has convinced me to make sure I catch a game at the Garden soon, if for nothing else, for the hot dog on the way in. (Speaking of, anyone think we can get those guys at Coney Island on Main Street to open a stand outside the Ford Center?…)
We got ‘em. Come by the autograph session to receive 2 FREE ticket vouchers with every Ariat Boots purchase. This is only available at Langston’s in Stockyards City.
For more information on the event and to purchase tickets, visit the PBR Express Classic information page. In the meantime, check out PBR.TV, a very cool place to get the latest PBR news as well as watch the best rides and wrecks. Here’s the latest video:
Well, yesterday proved to be pretty decisive at the polls. Oklahoma City voters approved the proposed sales tax extension to make $121 million worth of improvements to the Ford Center and to construct a practice facility in the hope of gaining NBA fame on a permanent basis. The proposal was voted on by nearly 45,000 people and was approved by a 62% margin, according to the Oklahoma County Election Board. The plan will extend the one-penny sales tax for 15 months and pay for $97 million in upgrades to the Ford Center and close to $25 million for a brand-spanking-new NBA-quality practice facility.
Both sides of the argument had valid points and argued their points of view with passion. On the “yes” side, of course this is meant to bring an NBA franchise to Oklahoma City to stay, among other top-level events such as concerts and collegiate basketball tournaments, and thereby jump start our city’s status on the national level. The no side held that the tax amounted to corporate subsidy and focused on the opportunity cost of using public funds for such a project.
At the end of the day, the majority felt that there is merit in investing in their community in an attempt to make Oklahoma City more of a national destination, as well as bringing a ton of jobs into the city. But the arguments no longer matter and we at Langston’s hope the improvements will help make a more enjoyable experience for rodeo fans, hockey fans, PBR fans, concert goers and maybe, someday, even NBA fans.
And as far as getting an NBA to locate in Oklahoma City it looks like it’s now up to the powers that be in the NBA. OKC has been at the top of the NBA Relocation list for a couple of years now, so fret not roundball fans: we will build it, and they will come. Who “they” will be and when they’ll be here is still up in the air, right up there with the excitement level in our modest little ‘burg.
It’s finally here. The Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies hits the Ford Center in downtown Oklahoma City tonight. You won’t want to miss this year’s event with some of the best bull riders and bullfighters in the world.
There are some changes to note: A matinée session has been added on Saturday at Noon. Because of this, the Dickies bullfighters will be at our Saturday autograph session earlier that morning. The bull riders are still scheduled for 11am – 1pm, but the bull fighters will have to take off early for the matinée event. The good news is that this should give everyone easier access to both bullfighters and bull riders, so you’ll be sure to meet all the great PBR talent face to face.
And, of course, there’ll still be the big drawing for free VIP tickets to Saturday night’s event. Plus, the winner will get a limo ride to the event and dinner in bricktown! You can’t beat that. It’s going to be a rockin’ rowdy weekend in Oklahoma City!
The Copenhagen Bull Riding Challenger Tour Championship presented by Dickies is coming to downtown Oklahoma City February 15 – Feb 17. The three day event will be held at the Ford Center arena located at 100 West Reno. This is one of the top bull riding competitions in the world, let alone in the PBR. The best of the best will be on hand and it should be another great event for bull riding and rodeo fans in general.
To celebrate, we’re going to have a special two hour autograph signing event at our flagship store in Stockyards City featuring some of the best bullriders in the business. From 11am to 1pm on February 16th you can come by the store and meet your favorite contenders in this years event face to face. On hand will be PBR world champion Justin McBride, Sean Willingham, Mike Lee, L J Jenkins, Brendan Clark, and Ross Coleman, as well as other top bullriders competing in the toughest sport on dirt.
And if that’s not enough, we’ll be having a drawing for two VIP tickets to Saturday night’s session, including dinner for two in Bricktown and a limo ride to the event. Registration for the drawing will begin Thursday, February 7th at all of our metro area locations. The drawing will be held at Noon during the autograph event. You must be present to win. Prize packages compliments of Rocky Boots and Langston’s.