Tulsa Oilers Hockey
It's not particularly unusual these days for a city in the southern portions of the U.S. to have a professional ice hockey team, but Tulsa has a longer history with the sport than most.
Professional hockey first arrived in Tulsa in 1928 with the original Tulsa Oilers of the Amerian Hockey League. They played until 1942, folded during WWII and were reborn in 1948, playing in the United States Hockey League until 1951. After another hiatus, the Tulsa Ice Oilers joined the Central Hockey League (CHL) in 1964, the leagues second season. Tulsa stayed in the CHL for a record 20 years, winning the league championship "Adams Cup" three times ('68, '76, '84). The team again ceased operation after 1984 but was revived in 1992 to continue play in the CHL. Today Tulsa plays in the Northwest Divison with hated arch-rival Oklahoma City, as well as Colorado and Wichita.
The games are played at the Convention Center Arena, a venue that leaves MUCH to be desired (especially when compared to OKC's new and ultra-spiffy Ford Center). The biggest (only?) factor in favor of the current venue is that it is modestly sized and all the seats are relatively close to the rink. Fortunately, the citizens of Tulsa have wisely voted to build a new arena, designed by famed archtect Cesar Pelli, that is slated to be ready for play in late 2007.
Regardless of location, Oilers fans are guaranteed for some hard-hitting hockey action, perhaps without some of the finesse of NHL play, but with plenty of heart, at a much more affordable price, and without the likelihood of a NHL-style season-killing labor dispute! Tickets for the 2005-06 season ranged from $10-$18.
Coolsville on Old 66
January 2007 Update: Sadly, tragically, the Metro Diner - like the era it celebrated - is a thing of the past. It is a victim of the expansion and renovation of the south side of the University of Tulsa campus. If you missed it, you have our condolences. It was truly one of a kind and will be sorely missed. Metro Diner - R.I.P.
For nostalgia's sake, here is my original VT review:
Hey Daddy-O, slick your jelly roll, grab your Peggy Sue, lay a patch in your Deuce, and make the scene at the Metro!
If you understood all of that, you should feel right at home in this long-time favorite on old Route 66. From the chrome and formica tables, to the background music by Percy Faith or The Platters, the Metro Diner is a shrine to authentic 1950's dining. The menu offers classic American fare with choices like cheeseburgers with onion rings, meat-loaf or fried-chicken dinners, Dagwood sandwiches, and hand-dipped shakes. In true Diner fashion, the Metro offers a different "Blue Plate Special" every day of the week. Breakfast is also served all day. Prices are about $5-6 for burgers and $8-9 for dinners, but everything is good quality and well prepared, and the portions are generally generous.
The Metro Diner sits in the shadow of the University of Tulsa football stadium and most of the wait staff are friendly students who appreciate a generous tip. Its location makes it a popular choice before and after events on the campus, but be advised that it is not a large place and seating goes fast. The Metro will make reservations for larger parties. For a classic regional meal, try the chicken fried steak covered in cream gravy, with sides of mashed potatoes and fried okra, and washed down with a tall glass of sweet iced tea. Now that's good eatin'!
Could easily be THE cheerleader for Tulsa. Wonderful place to live if you like friendly people and rich local scenery. Satisfactory cultural life and a top notch ballet company, also several outstanding museum / gallerys. Tulsa is definitely a "doers" city with miles of bike and running trails, fantastic golf courses, and lots of lakes nearby. Great place to raise a family!!