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.