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    So I have never watched or been to a basketball game in my life and have never been to OKC but since Steven Adams has joined Thunder I have watched every Thunder game on line & I plan to fly to OKC from NZ with my wife and watch my first ever live game as bucket list number one. Where's a good place to stay?

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    The Courtyard by Marriott is actually attached to the arena.

    There are lots of good hotels within walking distance, in the Bricktown District of downtown OKC - the Sheraton, the Renaissance, the Holiday Inn Express, the Hampton, Marriott Residence Inn. Visting teams often stay at the Skirvin Hilton, or the boutique hotels The Aloft or the Colcord.

    Varied price ranges, lots of choices. WELCOME to OKC!

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    You and the missus will be most welcome here. Please keep us informed of your plans.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TeamTurpin View Post
    You and the missus will be most welcome here. Please keep us informed of your plans.
    Thanks ... Air New Zealand has only just started a direct Auckland to Houston flight that inspired me to have this thought. About 17 hours to OKC with a one-hour stopover. Hotel choice looks great. I may have left my run late for the last weeks of this season, but if I can't get it together for April I can get good flight discounts etc if I plan for the early part of next season.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwioldguy View Post
    Thanks ... Air New Zealand has only just started a direct Auckland to Houston flight that inspired me to have this thought. About 17 hours to OKC with a one-hour stopover. Hotel choice looks great. I may have left my run late for the last weeks of this season, but if I can't get it together for April I can get good flight discounts etc if I plan for the early part of next season.
    I don't think you're too late for this season (April) if you're worried about tickets. Just post your travel plans (dates) on this board. There are lots of season ticket holders (like me) on this board and others who would be glad to give you tickets if you're travelling all the way from New Zealand to see OUR team play.

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    I've done a similar thing previously, though from Australia. I stayed at the Residence Inn last time in Bricktown, which was only a 5 minute walk from the stadium, the hotel had good sized rooms (stayed in both the studio and one bedroom apartment) which meant you didn't feel like you were in a shoe box, which if there are 2 of you will be good to have some space.

    Actually heading back over in a few weeks and will be in town for the Jazz & Spurs games, again staying in Bricktown, I'm a huge Thunder fan, and my brother who is travelling with me is a huge Spurs fan, so hopefully we have a comprehensive win otherwise it will be an icy drive back to Dallas a few days later

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    Your trip from Oz sounds like the kind of thing I have in mind. It's not so much ticket availability that makes April a bit of a challenge but other logistics at this end. My other interests are food (haven't eaten the region's BBQ but I sure want to) and cars and motor-racing (Vintage & Corinthian). Obviously I haven't factored in my wife's interests yet!

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    Meant to ask....is it an interesting drive from Houston to Oklahoma City or am I better to take a connecting flight. (Time isn't an issue for a retiree).

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    Quote Originally Posted by kiwioldguy View Post
    Your trip from Oz sounds like the kind of thing I have in mind. It's not so much ticket availability that makes April a bit of a challenge but other logistics at this end. My other interests are food (haven't eaten the region's BBQ but I sure want to) and cars and motor-racing (Vintage & Corinthian). Obviously I haven't factored in my wife's interests yet!
    Aahh.... Barbecue! NOW, you're talking my language. I'm your man. I can give you the best BBQ in OKC and most points between Houston and OKC. The drive is pretty boring actually, though pretty quick. You'll get to see Dallas and you could eat at the famous Mickey Gilley's in the Houston area (though the BBQ is VASTLY overrated there; it's more the decor that is the attraction). In the Houston area, I recommend the Tex-Mex cuisine over the BBQ. Texas BBQ sucks; horrible vinegar-based sauce and they don't BBQ pork. I'd fly.

    In OKC, you definitely want to have BBQ at Leo's on Kelley Avenue. The strawberry/banana cake is worth the trip. You also want to have Bedlam BBQ on N.E. 50th (also a pretty good selection of beers and wine), and Earl's Rib Palace (franchise restaurant) is pretty good, and within walking distance of the arena in Bricktown.

    If you do drive up from Houston, you want to go to Smokin' Joe's BBQ in Davis, Oklahoma. It's a pretty scenic drive through the Arbuckle Mountains in southern Oklahoma (if you're really retired and have time, you can spend a night at The Artesian Hotel in Sulphur, which is very close to Davis). The Artesian has great spas and mineral waters in the Chickasaw National Park (this will be the bribe you can offer to your wife) and casinos.

    If you're into cars, you'll want to take a side drive on the old Route 66. Depending on how much time you have, you can make an afternoon of it. Leave from your hotel in Bricktown and drive to the town of Arcadia (the famous Round Barn) and have lunch at Pop's (the largest selection of soda pop in the world, and really good burgers and fries). I can suggest lots of side trips, depending on how much time you're spending in the area.

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    Every reply I get the planned trip gets longer!

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    The Colcord Hotel has some large convenient beds for 7 footers. Some visiting teams sometime book the Colcord instead of the Skirvin-Hilton. It's within walking distance of the Chesapeake Energy Arena just west of the city's tallest structure--Devon Tower.

    NBA length beds - Review of Colcord Hotel, Oklahoma City, OK - TripAdvisor
    "It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change." Charles Darwin

    "Oklahoma City looks oh-so pretty... ...as I get my kicks on Route 66." --Nat King Cole.

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