Oklahma City Energy MLS and stadium thread

Discussion in 'Oklahoma City Energy FC' started by Laramie, Oct 7, 2014.

  1. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    What's cooking in OKC?

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    Tomorrow's (Sunday, 8-28-2016) Oklahoman talks about a local investors group led by Bob Funk Jr. (OKC Energy FC ownership) buying the 37-acre Producers Cooperative plant south of Bricktown. Preliminary plans include housing, retail, parks, fountains, parking and a stadium.
     
  2. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City


    http://newsok.com/article/5515660

    Excerpts:

    Glad to know that city leaders and investors are starting to think 'big.' Let's see what happens with the various phases of this development.

     
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  3. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    A 99.9 % chance that Rayo OKC will not be back with the handwriting on the wall for the future of the NASL.

    Can we ALL unite behind one soccer team that will represent metro Oklahoma City (OKC, Yukon, Mustang, El Reno, Moore, Norman, Del City, Midwest City, Edmond, Guthrie) in the United Soccer League for now?

    With the pending purchase of the Producers COOP Mill site in OKC as a possible site for the Energy FC's new stadium with the possibility of expansion to attract an MLS franchise; that site will allow for an awesome view:


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    A north south stadium would allow for an interesting view of the OKC skyline

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    (doesn't include the 844 ft., Devon tower & the 434 ft., BOK Park Plaza Tower under construction.
    Just imagine an MLS style stadium on this site with the Oklahoma City & Energy FC name brand:

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  4. Brother Badgerjohn

    Oct 16, 2000
    Okie City
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    United States

    Yep, see you at Taft next year!
     
  5. ManuSooner

    ManuSooner Member+

    Nov 15, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Country:
    United States
    No. You wont

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  6. Brother Badgerjohn

    Oct 16, 2000
    Okie City
    Club:
    --other--
    Country:
    United States
    I think we'll be OK. We're already the longest-existing pro team in city history.
     
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  7. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    As a supporter of the NASL Rayo OKC; OKC's attendance (both teams with local TV contracts for home & away games) had a final combined attendance average slightly exceeding 8,000.

    Oklahoma City combined USL & NASL attendance (8,192):

    USL - #35 Oklahoma City Energy FC (4,950)
    NASL - #52 Rayo OKC (3,242)​

    Source: kenn.com blog - http://www.kenn.com/the_blog/

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    Majority owners (Funk & McLaughlin) are committed to maintaining the USL Oklahoma City Energy FC. Let's support our community's efforts behind one franchise.
     
  8. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    Sprawling Producers Coop in Oklahoma City to be purchased by soccer team owner Bob Funk Jr.

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    Funk is teaming up with investors to develop 27 acres of the site into housing and retail while going through a perhaps decadelong discussion with the city on whether to build a stadium of up to 20,000 seats to add Oklahoma City to the list of expansion teams with Major League Soccer.

    Funk also is coordinating plans with Fred Mazaheri and hotelier Champ Patel, who last year bought the adjoining former lumberyard with plans to build up to three hotels on the site. He said both sides have agreed to put together a master plan for both properties.

    “We are several years away before we will be in a position to actively pursue a Major League Soccer team,” Funk said. “But it is clear, Oklahoma City's best opportunity to secure a Major League Soccer team leads through the OKC Energy. The sustained success of the OKC Energy has caught the attention of the league, underscoring the receptivity of the market to professional soccer. When we are in a position to earnestly pursue a Major League Soccer team, we are confident we will have a compelling case for Oklahoma City to present.”

    http://newsok.com/article/5515660

     
  9. hipityhop

    hipityhop Member

    Jan 10, 1999
    Somewhere near the Swope Park Rangers!
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Country:
    Botswana


    This is prime Railroad switching property. We can't build a stadium here, because we need to spot Grain cars for loading...
     
  10. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    New attractions to fill Lower Bricktown space

    Steve Lackmeyer
    slackmeyer@oklahoman.com
    Daily Oklahoman (Business) - Saturday, December 24, 2016


    Looks more and more like Funk-McLaughlin may miss the expansion deadline. Sounds like relocation may be more of an option when & if expansion is limited to 28 teams.
     
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  11. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    USL Oklahoma City Energy FC now has the OKC MSA market to really grow its brand.

    As 2020 approaches, we should know more about our strong support for USL or aspiring efforts to make OKC a big league soccer community. The Energy FC organization will be closer to a 'go or no go' decision on a stadium plan on the Producers' COOP Mill site. An initial stadium could be built in phases.

    Oklahoma City being mentioned in MLS expansion article:

    MLS Expansion: What Happens in Next Round?

    Sacramento
    San Diego
    San Antonio
    St. Louis
    Cincinnati
    Charlotte
    Oklahoma City

    http://soccerstadiumdigest.com/2016/04/mls-expansion-what-happens-in-next-round/
     

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