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--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States

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

    ManuSooner Member+

    Nov 15, 2007
    Oklahoma City
    Club:
    Manchester United FC
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    No. You wont

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  6. Brother Badgerjohn

    Oct 16, 2000
    Okie City
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    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

    New Mexico United
    United States
    Jan 10, 1999
    Mission TX
    Club:
    SønderjyskE
    Nat'l Team:
    United States


    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/
     
  12. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    #62 Laramie, Oct 29, 2017
    Last edited: Oct 29, 2017
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    Oklahoma City skyline by drone (courtesy OKCTalk forum)

    Not sure how long the USL will give our two state USL teams (Energy FC & Tulsa Roughnecks FC) to get soccer specific stadiums:

    Taft Stadium in OKC doesn't meet the specifications for a soccer specific stadium:

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    Oklahoma City Energy MLS soccer stadium plans.

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    Wheeler Park district master plans.
    OKC Energy moving forward with Major League Soccer stadium plans after Co-Op acquisition falls through: http://newsok.com/article/5555634

    Wheeler Park area emerges as top candidate for soccer stadium: http://newsok.com/article/5555631
     
  13. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    City of Oklahoma City is gathering Ideas for the 020 MAPS initiative from its citizens.

    One of the most popular items it the soccer specific stadium that will cost anywhere from $71 to $97 million for a 10,000-seat starter with expansion to MLS stadium standards.

    Here are some early renderings:

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    OKCTalk forum reports:

    OKLAHOMA CITY (February 28, 2019) - A growing alliance of Oklahoma City residents and organizations today announced support for a MAPS 4 proposal to connect south Oklahoma City to downtown through a cultural, entertainment and sports district anchored by a City-owned multi-purpose outdoor entertainment venue.

    The proposal calls for the City to include the venue in the MAPS 4 program, on which residents are expected to vote later this year. Such a venue would allow Oklahoma City to compete for numerous outdoor events including professional soccer matches, rugby and lacrosse games, high school multi-sport rivalries including Oklahoma State Championship Football games, national performances and a host of outdoor concerts, events and exhibitions.

    “We fully support Mayor Holt’s vision to usher in a more diverse and inclusive Oklahoma City,” said Bob Funk, Jr., owner & CEO of Prodigal, LLC which operates the Oklahoma City Energy FC and is major driver of the proposal. “Connecting south Oklahoma City to downtown through a cultural and sports district would be a powerful component of building unity and showcasing our diversity.”

    The outdoor venue would be sized in accordance with USL, MLS, U.S. Rugby, Major League Lacrosse as well as Oklahoma Secondary School Field regulations and seat between 8,500 – 10,000 people for sporting events and 16,500 to 18,000 for outdoor concerts. It would be designed to allow for renovation to expand capacity, much like the Ford Center which later became Chesapeake Arena.

    The City-owned venue would also serve to anchor a walkable district of diverse, modern restaurants, housing and retail, functioning as the public element of a public -private partnership.

    “By funding a City-owned, multi-purpose outdoor venue as part of MAPS 4, Oklahoma City will open the door to private investment to complement the public project,” said Chuck Wiggin, an Oklahoma City-based developer with a 38-year track record of successful investment and development projects.

    Wiggin further highlighted how Opportunity Zones, as a part of the site selection process, would heighten the appeal for a new category of private investors. These areas, created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act in 2017, are designed to spur private investment in designated low-income areas. Much of the City’s Central Business District and surrounding land to the south falls within Opportunity Zone areas.

    “Designing connections and walkability around destination areas will also serve to strengthen continuity between Oklahoma City neighborhoods, Scissortail Park, The Convention Center, Wheeler Park, Lower Bricktown and the Boathouse District,” Wiggin said.

    The proposal also underscores that a centrally located venue with close proximity to existing downtown attractions would promote citywide accessibility for all residents. However, the submittal stopped short of specifying a location, opting instead to leave the site open-ended, recognizing the City would ultimately determine a location that best suits the proposal.

    “We have a keen interest and support for the proposal as a way to connect south Oklahoma City to downtown,” said Dr. Raul Font, president of the Latino Community Development Agency. “We envision this district as one that our community can utilize to showcase Oklahoma City’s vibrant and growing Latino culture.”

    The group also proposes the City work with Fields and Futures – a nonprofit founded by OKC Energy FC Partner Tim McLaughlin, which is dedicated to keeping youth in school by refurbishing athletic programs and facilities in Oklahoma City public schools – to add up to 10 soccer fields to Wheeler Park to be uses for tournaments that attract visitors to our region, youth development, league play, and engagement events between professional athletes and the community.

    “I’ve witnessed soccer fields transform communities by inspiring young athletes and bringing neighbors together over a common interest,” McLaughlin said. “MAPS 4 is Oklahoma City’s chance to do this on a major scale.”

    “We have seen firsthand how soccer can unite so many people,” said Peter Evans, Executive Director of the Oklahoma City Police Athletic League and incoming chairman of the South Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce, “Soccer is a sport a lot of kids play and has significant heritage in so many neighborhoods. As a favorite sport for many of our student-athletes and their families, sharing the game together becomes a relationship building tool for the police officers who serve as coaches and mentors through our program.”

    The group identified soccer, rugby and lacrosse as the fastest-growing sports in America, and pointed to a 2018 Nielsen study commissioned by the OKC Energy FC, in which 51 percent of Oklahoma City’s direct market area are interested in or follow professional soccer.

    The research further showed Energy FC’s fan base is multicultural and millennial – largely part of the “MAPS generation.”

    The group also pointed to the many missed tourism and sporting event opportunities that Oklahoma City is currently unable to compete for due to its lack of an outdoor venue capable of hosting them. They cited Big 12, NCAA, NAIA and junior college soccer, U.S. Soccer Federation, U.S. Youth Soccer, college and club lacrosse, international and club rugby, NCAA Dll football games, e-sports and drone racing events Oklahoma City could pursue if such a facility is built as part of the MAPS 4 initiative.

    Supporters include:
    Bob Funk, Jr., Partner, Energy FC, Owner and CEO, Prodigal LLC
    Tim McLaughlin, Partner, Energy FC, Founder, Fields and Futures
    Jake Edwards, President, United Soccer League (USL)
    Peter Evans, Executive Director, Police Athletic League and Chairman-elect, South OKC Chamber of Commerce
    Steve Hahn, President, AT&T Oklahoma
    Bob Ross, President and CEO, Inasmuch Foundation
    Dr. Raul Font, Latino Community Development Agency
    Chuck Wiggin, President, Wiggin Properties
    Adrian DeWendt, President and CEO, Special Olympics Oklahoma
    Scott Dedmon, Principal, ADG
    Alexander P. Brown, Commissioner, Major League Lacrosse
    John White, President, OKC Crusaders Rugby
     
  14. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    The extension of Oklahoma City's Bricktown Canal and the Streetcar system which rolled out in November 2018 could complement the new Convention Center under construction and the 605 room Omni Hotel.

    Oklahoma City Omni (under construction)
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    OKC 6.9 mile streetcar system:
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    Bricktown Canal Riverwalk:

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    Bricktown Entertainment District:

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    Looking forward to all the new development; $1.2 billion general obligation bond for streets, bridges & infrastructure renovation; additional new private investments totally over $5 billion in buildings, towers & development over the next five to 10 years.
     
  15. Laramie

    Laramie Member

    May 5, 2010
    Oklahoma City, OK
    Club:
    Sporting Kansas City
    #65 Laramie, Mar 7, 2019
    Last edited: Mar 7, 2019
    Oklahoma City is currently going through a transformation with cranes throughout the city:

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    Very difficult to navigate inside our city with tons of development and projects in various stages of construction.

    How the new convention center will look when construction is complete:

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    Oklahoma City Convention Center

    200,000-square-foot exhibit hall on the ground floor, divisible into four spaces
    45,000 square feet of meeting space, which can be configured in up to 27 rooms
    30,000-square-foot ballroom, with a 10,000-square-foot pre-function space & a 4,000-sq-ft., balcony

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    Oklahoma City Convention Center Garage 865 covered parking spaces inside the garage
    435-foot-long enclosed skyway is to connect the garage to the convention center.
    500 surface parking on the convention center complex
     
  16. Teak

    Teak Member

    Feyenoord, OKC Energy FC, Real Salt Lake, FC Risa
    Nov 22, 2008
    Grain Belt
    Club:
    Feyenoord
    Interesting. I have a nephew who lives in OKC and I went there four years ago for his wedding. Nice city.

    Nice opening day win against Lokomotive El Paso 3-1. I just don't see OKC being listed very high in the MLS expansion plans.
     
  17. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    We weren’t listed very high on the NBA’s list either. In fact we were told it would never happen. They should never have made that mistake never tell us we can’t do something. Doing so only ensures that we will find a way to get it done.
     
  18. mikehurst21

    mikehurst21 Member

    Oklahoma City Energy FC
    United States
    Nov 6, 2013
    Moore Oklahoma
    Club:
    --other--
    Nat'l Team:
    United States
    It’s the Oklahoma way
     

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