The Oklahoma City Thunder became the first major league professional sports team to call Oklahoma its permanent home, but professional sports in the city have been going strong long before Oklahoma City became an NBA city.
Here's a look at the other professional sports teams that call Oklahoma City home.
Oklahoma City RedHawks
During the summer, the focal point for professional sports in the city is the RedHawks, the Texas Rangers' Triple-A affiliate since 1983. The city has hosted Triple-A baseball every season since 1962. The team, which plays at AT&T Bricktown Ballpark, is averaging more than 5,600 fans this season. Tickets for the RedHawks range from $7 general admission seats to $22 for all-you-can-eat seats. The RedHawks have one eight-game homestand left this season. It begins Aug. 30 against Nashville and goes until the season finale Sept. 6.
Oklahoma City Yard Dawgz
Three years after the Arena Football League's Oklahoma Wranglers contracted, the af2 Oklahoma City Yard Dawgs filled the void in 2004. The team played at the Ford Center until 2009, when the team moved across the street to the Cox Convention Center. The high-scoring league with 50-yard fields is now known simply as the AFL, after the original Arena Football League folded. The Yards Dawgz's 2010 season ended July 30 with a 74-61 loss to Tulsa at home. The team finished 6-10, missing the playoffs in the American Conference. The AFL season begins in April. Season tickets for the 2011 season are on sale now, with packages ranging from $40 for 400-level family section seating to $521 for front row sideline seats. Individual game tickets cost $10 to $75.
Oklahoma City Barons
The Barons begin their inaugural season Oct. 9 at Cox Convention Center. After the Central Hockey League's Blazers called Oklahoma City home from 1992-09, the city was without hockey for a year before the Edmonton Oilers announced it would place its American Hockey League team in the city. The announcement brought NHL-affiliated hockey to the city for the first time since the Oklahoma City Stars played here from 1978-82. The Barons will play in the AHL's West Division, alongside teams from Texas, Illinois and Wisconsin. Single-game tickets are expected to go on sale in late August after the complete schedule is released.