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Oklahoma City @ 125: Becoming a big-league city

by William Crum Published: April 18, 2014

MAPS wraps up its first decade by showing its worth, and the NBA’s Hornets take up residency in a move that shows Oklahoma City can be a big-league town.

• In 2003, the 10-year anniversary of MAPS is marked with a tally of investment tied to the projects that totaled almost $2 billion.

• The final MAPS project is completed as the new Ronald J. Norick Downtown Library opens in 2004.

• Forced from New Orleans by damage from Hurricane Katrina, the NBA’s Hornets win their first game at Oklahoma City’s Ford Center, 93-67 over the Sacramento Kings on Nov. 1, 2005.

• The General Motors automobile assembly plant in southeast Oklahoma City closes in February 2006.

Source: City of Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City is marking its 125th anniversary with 125 facts about the city’s history.

by William Crum
OU and Norman High School graduate, formerly worked as a reporter and editor for the Associated Press, the Star Tribune in Minneapolis, and the Norman Transcript. Married, two children, lives in Norman.
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