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Work proceeding on new museum in Bricktown

Building permits have been filed with the city as the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame and the Jim Thorpe Museum proceeds with its move to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark where the legendary athlete's story will be shared with millions who visit the entertainment district.

The hall of fame and museum opened in 2009 at its current location at 4040 N Lincoln Blvd. The museum is a showcase of Oklahoma's top athletes with an array of memorabilia representing Thorpe, a member of the Sac and Fox Nation, who is widely regarded as the best all-around athlete of the 20th century.

The one problem with the Lincoln location is it is a destination only venue. It is not on a pedestrian corridor - it is an area predominately filled with state offices and lobbying firms.

The move to the former Coach's restaurant space at the ballpark brings life to both that corner of the ballpark and the plaza, which has never met its potential. 

Bricktown is a perfect location for the hall of fame and museum, and is the sort of development that should keep the district a favorite for visitors and locals for years to come. Read more about the project here.

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Steve Lackmeyer

Steve Lackmeyer is a reporter, columnist and author who started his career at The Oklahoman in 1990. Since then, he has won numerous awards for his coverage, which included the 1995 bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the city's... Read more ›