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You are near a truck stop location, walking to Bricktown from there is definitely doable. I live in OKC west of Tinker AFB, I'll be driving in every morning and essentially go very near there on I-40. I may have one passenger (high school coach from Lawton), but I can carry two more. Send me contact information I maybe able be your morning taxi service. I usually hang around with my out of state buddies at the bar after the evening session. First time I've never needed to stay in a hotel attend a NCAA tournament. What I save this year will be spent in two years in NYC.

 

Bricktown will be where you'll want to eat then walk or catch a cab back to the Econolodge.

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Thanks Big Apple, and others! I lived in Edmond (about 16 miles or so from Bricktown) 23 years ago. The area has changed a lot obviously. One of my favorite pool halls of all time is gone now. It was True Love's kind of over by the fairgrounds. I would be interested if any of you know of a good room with 9' tables:) Also, I gave up my Del Rancho Steak Sandwich Supreme addiction when I moved to Colorado, but if that little restaurant is still over on about 10th st. and I 44, I'd like to know. I may have to see if they still taste as amazing as they did in the 90's. So if anyone knows if it's still around, let me know.

 

Mmmm, Del Rancho! http://www.delranchonorman.com/. Here is a list of locations: http://www.yellowpages.com/oklahoma-city-ok/del-rancho-restaurants. Note: Yellow pages is wrong about it being a "mexican restaurant"; it's chicken-fried steak sandwiches!

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Here’s my guide to OKC for the fans attending the NCAA championships

 

There are several strip clubs along Reno Street between Portland and MacArthur. Nite Trips is the best known, don’t expect anything extra available.

 

 

 

Big Apple. You speak as a man who is experienced in this area. Where in this town can you find the "extras". Which NCAA city have you visited with the best scene for obtaining "extras"?

 

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OKC:

 

BBQ-Leo's (36th and Kelley). Not in the best part of town. Earl's is good too. Or Bedlam BBQ.

Steak-Cattleman's (Stockyard City) or Junior's. Mickey Mantle's is for deep pockets or a hot date.

Burger-Tuckers, Ron's...As for a fast-food burger, if you don't spend much time around Oklahoma or the surrounding states, try a Braum's burger.

Mexican-Abel's (50th and MacArthur) or if you are like me, and like a little adventure and .99 tacos, Just a couple miles south of the arena on Robinson you will run into a slew of quality taco trucks.

Night Life-Bricktown has plenty of options. If you like gentleman's clubs, don't look for anything too fancy around here. Night trips is about as classy as it gets. Nothing like the classy establishment just south of Council Bluffs, IA that I took a field trip to when Nationals were in Omaha.

Casinos-Will not have the luxury of St. Louis gambling. Riverwind is about 20 minutes south on I-35. Do not look for much fun gambling...no dice, no wheels. Blackjack for $.50 tax/hand, poker, and slots are about it.

 

All of these are outside of the downtown area and require a short car ride (10-20 mins). If you do not want to get out and about, then there are plenty of options downtown that are within walking distance, and you can probably figure it out from there.

 

Thought I would expand on Big Apple's guide.

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I'm not an authority, but Little Darlings is the club that had 17 dancers arrested by undercover sheriff's department, not Valley Brook police. The charges were dropped on 16 according to the paper. It's on SE 59th, just east of I-35, easy to find large lighted sign. I live about 5 miles away. Be careful on speeding, Valley Brook is a speed trap. My retired military ID and purple heart plate got me off with a warning. I rarely drive on SE 59th thru Valley Brook, there are alternate routes that I use.

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Toby Keiths I love This bar has $2 tap beers on Thursday ! Hit that thing for sure .

 

Little Darlings is about a 10 minute taxi ride south.

Hands down the nicest gentlemens club in the Oklahoma City area.... be careful though.... they busted customers and entertainers before the first of the year for .... well lets just say "extras"

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I am staying at the Comfort Inn. On CA Henderson BLVD. I waited way too book a room and couldnt get anything closer to the arena. Never been to OKC before and have no clue where this is at - for those in the know, is there anything near this hotel?

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I'll check it out today for you.

The Ambassador Hotel at 1200 N. Walker Avenue in Midtown (2 miles north of the arena) is set for a "soft opening" next week. There are a lot of restaurants in the area. This is a boutique hotel, it's a historical building renovation. The same company has previously done renovations of older buildings in Tulsa, Wichita, and Kansas City. This is a 54-room facility. Paul Coury's Ambassador Collection is how these hotels are listed in the article in today's Daily Oklahoman.

 

This area has a pretty lively nite life, not quite up to Bricktown, but you'll have a decent choice of restaurants and bars. The Viceroy Grill will seat 70 is on the ground floor, and be open for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. The O bar will seat 114. The 7th floor outdoor balcony will seat 25, outside the O bar. No mention of what the room prices will be. If you are looking for a room near downtown this is a good bet. You'll have to Google for contact information.

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The Comfort Inn on CA henderson boulevard is just west of Western Avenue and just south of I-240. There are a lot of restaurants on Western, and Walker Avenues near i-240. You can take Shields Boulevard north from i-240 and that will put you real close to the arena. The hotel is about SW 78th, so you are about 5 miles south of the arena.

 

Forgot to mention Jimmy's Egg is probably the best breakfast restaurant chain in OKC. Local group bought up most of the Denny's locations and completely remodeled them, and have built some new ones. There is one in the center at the SW/C of Walker Avenue and I-240. They have an extensive menu, aren't overpriced, and do a brisk business at most locations. Of course there are many independent restaurants open for breakfast. There is an IHOP in Bricktown, plus several other places in the metro area.

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I had Jury Duty this morning so I got to experience driving into downtown OKC at 7:15 am on the first day of daylight savings time.

 

If you are coming from the south or east of downtown take I-235 north stay in the right hand lane. It is exit only onto Sheridian which goes through Bricktown and on west towards the Arena. You'll see the Devon Tower as you head west. Most of the surface parking lots that accept daily customers are located west of the arena.

 

If you are coming from the west get off at Western, go east on Sheridan or Reno find a lot and park, won't be too longba walk.

 

From the north you'll be going south on I-235 also known as the Broadway Extension. This becomes a slow moving parking lot during rush hour. As most of the executives and higher paid staff probably live in north OKC and Edmond. It might be a good idea to arrive early get a parking spot then get breakfast ( of course most will be getting the "complementary breakfast" at their hotel.

 

On the bright side it is to be 76 degrees for the high today. The last time it was this warm was probably October.

 

For those of you who read the BC comic strip yesterday's was a classic "march madness" with the weather changing constantly.

 

I printed out all the conference tournament brackets so while I'm sitting here i can study and get ready for the fantasy draft league I'm in.

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I need to make a change on the best way to come to the arena from the west and northwest. There is a new Crosstown Boulevard that has been built on the old I-40 alignment, which used to be adjacent south of Chesapeake Arena. There is an exit from east bound I-40 east of the interchange with I-44, take that it is a two lane limited access roadway that will put you just south of Reno Street. This will be the best area for finding a surface parking lot west of the arena.

 

Had lunch at Joey's Pizzeria, they will have an increased staff on duty for the 3 days. It is located at the southwest corner of Lee and Sheridan.

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Here is information I got from the Oklahoma City Convention and Visitors Bureau. They're checking to see if they have a map of the parking lots near the arena. There are several very close. And here is the link to the list of available hotels referred to below. http://www.visitokc.com/wrestling/hotels/ I hope everyone has a great time in OKC. It's my hometown.

 

We have been trying to collect information on hotels who still have rooms available over those dates. This information can be found in events tab of http://www.visitokc.com.

 

The CVB will be providing a shuttle from the NW Expressway and Meridian Corridors. We will be delivering signage to each of these hotels next week.

 

Meridian – OKC Airport

Bus #1 – Best Western Saddleback Inn

Bus #2 – Hilton Garden Inn

Bus #3 – Hyatt Place

Bus #4 – Fairfield then to Holiday Inn (15th off Meridian)

 

NW Expressway

Bus #5 – Crowne Plaza

Bus #6 – Tower Hotel (formerly Marriott OKC)

Bus #7 – Holiday Inn/Hilton Garden Inn then to Hampton Inn

 

All buses would start pick-ups two hours prior to doors opening at Chesapeake Energy Arena and run continuous loops from arena to hotel until morning sessions start. During sessions we will run continuous shuttle to those areas until 30 minutes after evening session starts. Then all buses back for pick up at arena 30 minutes after evening session end and run continuous loops until midnight.

 

Arrival before session cannot be guaranteed.

 

Shuttle is first come, first serve. There will be no guaranteed spots on the busses.

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Thunder Cabs usually has minivans. The guys who started the company chose the name before the NBA team came to town. Looks like a fairly new fleet. I think prices are probably reasonable, but haven't used one more that two times in the 6 years i've been back here.

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You'll be in the heart of the district where most people party near downtown OKC. Second most popular area is the Midtown area north of 4th Street, with the biggest action around 9th street east of Broadway. Otherwise you need to head towards Memorial Road adjacent to kilpatrick Turnpike (this is the far north part of OKC, just south of Edmond.

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Bricktown Hotel and Convention Center is about 2 miles east of bricktown. It is not really in Bricktown or near the bars/restaurants. They usually have a shuttle/taxi that can take you to Bricktown. I've stayed there before for Thunder games, it's not bad, but not really convienent to the nightlife.

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