Crowne Plaza: The ‘Stay and Play’ of Downtown Sports

Contributing Writer

TULSA SHOCK: Tulsa’s major league team in the WNBA has great community support and looks forward to the big opener May 15 at the BOK Center against the Minnesota Lynx. WNBA Commissioner Donna Orender was the guest speaker at the March 10 Rotary Club of Tulsa Luncheon. Attending the meeting, from left, Tulsa Chamber CEO Mike Neal, owners David Box and Pat Chernicky, Head Coach Nolan Richardson, Orender, owners Pat Hardin, Don Hardin and Bill Cameron and Shock President Steve Swetoha.

RON BUTLER, Butler and Butler

Spring brings along a variety of activities and events for sports fans. As far as sports go, downtown Tulsa promises a lot of excitement this time of year, and the Crown Plaza offers the ideal place for sports fans to “Stay and Play.”

Play will get underway very soon for the Tulsa Drillers. On April 8, the team is moving into its new stadium, Oneok Field, located in the historic Greenwood District bounded by Elgin and Archer. To show its support, the Crowne Plaza is offering a fantastic special for baseball fans. Guests who bring a Drillers ticket stub for any game between April 8 and April 10 will receive a guest room rate of $50, excluding tax.

Baseball isn’t the only game in town though. The Tulsa Talons will liven up the Center on April 3 with its first game of the season, playing Tampa Bay. Among the Talons talented lineup will be wide receiver Donovan Morgan, perhaps better known by the moniker “Spiderman.” According to the Talons Web site, Morgan, who played with the Talons in 2005, set a franchise and league record with 346 points scored and was the first player in league history to crack the 300-point barrier.

But there’s more going on downtown than baseball and football. Soon after the 66ers close out their successful basketball season on April 3, the Tulsa Shock, a strong contender in the Women’s National Basketball Association (), will play an exhibition game. Fans will be able to cheer on the Shock as they battle it out against Seattle on May 9 at the Center. The team’s first game of the season is on May 15 against Minnesota. Joining the team is former Olympic athlete Marion Jones. Despite a few personal setbacks earlier in her career, Jones has come back stronger than ever. Adding Jones to the already strong and talented Shock team promises the fans an exciting and dynamic season. Adding more fun and entertainment will be the Harlem Globetrotters, who will bounce into town and perform their famous basketball tricks and skills at the Center on April 9.

Thanks to the sports facilities downtown, throughout the spring and well into summer, sports fans across the region can enjoy watching their favorite local teams go up against their competitors in an all out effort to become season champions.

According to Marlin Keranen, general manager of the Crowne Plaza, “We’re pleased that downtown Tulsa will be home to such great sports teams and events. We are dedicated to supporting downtown Tulsa and all it has to offer throughout the year.” He adds, “The Crowne Plaza always works hard to offer our guests a variety of special packages in conjunction with these events.”

The Crowne Plaza is ideally equipped to provide sports fans the amenities they need to enjoy their time spent downtown. Whether it’s a delicious lunch before a game, a pre- or post-game barbeque party for friends and family, or luxurious accommodations for a sports weekend getaway, the Crowne Plaza is the place to “Stay and Play.”

For more information about Crowne Plaza’s special offers, including the Drillers package, visit:, or call (918) 582-9000 for game day rates.

Updated 04-02-2010

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