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Thunder-Spurs: Oklahoma City, San Antonio share many similarities

From freeways to Air Force bases to the downtown canals, the two cities have much in common. The pro sports scene is also similar: AHL hockey, minor league baseball and an NBA franchise.
by Berry Tramel Published: May 26, 2012

* 19th century jurisdiction. OKC and San Antonio aren't the typical Westward Expansion histories of most American cities between the coasts.

The land on which San Antonio now sits was a Mexican stronghold until the war for Texas Independence.

The land on which Oklahoma City now sits was Indian Territory, with likewise an autonomous government, in the 1850s and 1860s.

* Weather. Charles Barkley said he'd prefer OKC to San Antonio, just because of how hot it gets in Alamo City. But Chuck didn't spend the summer of 2011 in Oklahoma, when the temperatures soared past 110.

* Freeway. Interstate 35 rolls right through both cities.

* Air Force bases. Lackland in San Antonio and Tinker in OKC are difference-making economic engines.

* Solitary-franchise cities. San Antonio has an American Hockey League franchise; so does Oklahoma City. San Antonio has a baseball team in the AA Texas League; OKC baseball is in the AAA Pacific Coast League.

But these cities smack dab in football country have made their mark as NBA bastions, cities ga-ga over professional basketball.