Hey, sports fans. We’ll be blogging from the Big League City watch party tonight in Bricktown. In case you’ve been living under a rock, Big League City is the campaign that supports the plan to spruce up the Ford Center to lure an NBA team here.
The shindig isn’t open to the public, but the campaign is letting us media types in for what they hope is a celebration of Oklahoma City’s biggest step yet toward landing a professional sports team.
That, of course, would be today’s vote on whether to extend a penny sales tax to pay for giving the Ford Center a nearly $100 million facelift and building an NBA practice facility. The stakes were set about six weeks ago, when Mayor Mick Cornett announced the vote with a blunt proclamation: “This is a choice. We can choose to be an NBA city, or we can choose not to be. We’re not going to get a franchise if we don’t pass it.” If the vote passes, all signs point to the Oklahoma-owned Seattle Supersonics moving into a state-of-the-art Ford Center someday soon.
The polls close at 7 p.m., and sports columnist Jenni Carlson and myself will set up in Bricktown shortly before that. There’s sure to be no shortage of colorful and notable personalities at the watch party. We’ll be in their ears all night as the returns come in and report what they’re thinking back to you.
No matter how you voted, you’ve got to admit this is a historic day for the city. Tonight should be fun.
John Estus, staff writer