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Gazette staff August 21st, 2013

A name change might be in store for a short stretch of S. Robinson Avenue running from Reno Avenue to S.W. Third. Not coincidentally, the roadway runs parallel to Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Credit: Brad Gregg

The proposed address is 208 Thunder Drive — sorta symbolic of the year (2008) the team relocated from Seattle to the 405. First, Thunder officials must jump through a few bureaucratic hoops before the Oklahoma City Council gets the final say-so.

With the issue a likely slam-dunk at the council level, motorists should beware. If you’re driving north on Robinson and about to enter downtown, the name of the street will change — not once, but twice.

Once past the arena on Thunder Drive, the road will magically revert back to being Robinson. It isn’t expected to affect your equilibrium or anything so serious, but unsuspecting drivers might feel a momentary urge to blame Kendrick Perkins for something.

By the way, the name change shouldn’t impact anyone’s mail delivery since that portion of the road is fronted by a vacant building and parking lot. The largest surrounding property owners are the city, the OKC Urban Renewal Authority and the Oklahoma Department of Transportation.

It sounds harmless enough to us, but the Springsteen fan in us is just a tiny bit miffed the Thunder bigwigs didn’t instead request “Thunder Road.”

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