OKC Preseason Schedule Released; Oilers Preseason Conflict Appears

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Announced today, the Oklahoma City Barons will head to Texas for a three-game preseason schedule the weekend of September 27th & 28th. In an Oklahoma vs Texas “tourney” style schedule, the Barons, along with the San Antonio Rampage and Texas Stars, will play each other twice. Friday night, OKC faces off against the Texas Stars at 7:00pm, then they battle the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday afternoon at 5:00pm. Tickets are available at the game location in Cedar Park, Texas.

But there’s something goofy about this announcement.

Here’s the situation that is curious. The Barons play a preseason game the same night (27th) as the NHL Showcase Edmonton Oilers preseason game in Oklahoma City. A scheduling conflict of the most ridiculous proportions. If I’m the Barons, I forgo the preseason altogether, and simply let fans (more than anyone else) focus on the NHL preseason game that months of hype have been much lauded over. This is a goofy conflict that shouldn’t have been. Now fans are forced to choose between the two, and because it’s an NHL team playing in our own backyard, for most, the decision has already been made. Too bad.

Nonetheless, preseason is rapidly approaching. Get ready.

Official Release:

The Oklahoma City Barons will skate in a pair of preseason games at the Cedar Park Center in Cedar Park, Texas on September 27 and 28.

The games are part of a round-robin event featuring the Barons, San Antonio Rampage and the host Texas Stars. As part of the event, each team will play one game against the other two. Oklahoma City takes on the Stars on Friday, September 27 at 7 p.m. The Barons play the San Antonio Rampage on Saturday, September 28 at 5 p.m. The weekend concludes with the Stars taking on the Rampage on Sunday, September 29 at 5 p.m.

Tickets for the Barons game September 27 against the Texas Stars are $13 – $65. Tickets for the Barons game September 28 against the San Antonio Rampage are $10. All tickets are available at the Cedar Park Center box office or all Ticketmaster outlets, including Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

While the Barons are playing their preseason games in Cedar Park, Texas, the Edmonton Oilers will be hosting the Dallas Stars in the NHL Showcase presented by Mercy on Friday, September 27 at the Cox Convention Center at 7 p.m.  For more information about tickets, call the Barons office at 232-GOAL.