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September 18, 2005

Ford Center - Oklahoma City

Oklahoma City's Ford Center was the site of Unforgiven in 2005. The indoor arena, which opened its doors in 2002, has hosted RAW and SmackDown live events as well.

The Ford Center is owned by Oklahoma City, and it shares likenesses with Ford Field in Detroit, its sister stadium. Naming rights to both stadiums are owned by the Ford Motor Company. The National Basketball Association's New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets, the Central Hockey League's Blazers and minor league arenafootballleague2's Yard Dawgz  play at the Ford Center. Performers who have played the Ford Center include numerous country acts, including Kenny Chesney, Dolly Parton, Brooks & Dunn, Tim McGraw & Faith Hill; and Nine Inch Nails, Coldplay, Bon Jovi and Kanye West.

Nicknamed "OKC," Oklahoma City is Oklahoma's largest city and the state capital, and is the largest city in America's Great Plains. With a population of more than 532,000, it's the 29th largest city in the United States. Sadly, Oklahoma City is most recently remembered for the April 19, 1995, bombing of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building, the largest act of terrorism in the United States prior to Sept. 11, 2001.

OKC and the surrounding area is home to many colleges and universities, including Oklahoma City University, University of Central Oklahoma and Rose State College. Major companies based in Oklahoma City are Sonic, COX Enterprises and Feed the Children. Major attractions in the city include the Oklahoma City National Memorial for the victims of the Alfred P. Murrah bombing, the International Gymnastics Hall of Fame, the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum and the Myriad Botanical Gardens, including its cyndrilical Crystal Bridge Tropical Conservatory with a 35-foot waterfall and more than 1,000 plant species representing all continents except Antarctica. Two important inventions were created in OKC in the 1930s -- the shopping cart, by Sylvan N. Goldman; and the parking meter, by Carl C. Magee.

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