Stoked to visit ONEOK

6-24-12

Tulsa Drillers vs the Springfield Cardinals.

Had I put a little more research into my road trip we probably could have caught the Rockies and Rangers game but instead we were able to catch a Tulsa Drillers game on the way home from our family reunion.

Shot of a trailer on fire, did I mention it was hot?

While in Tulsa we hooked up with Mike the Rox Addict and Amy the Blake Street Babe who were in Tulsa as well for their first game of an extremely cool road trip.

 I’ve always wanted to check the Drillers new stadium ONEOK field. The Drillers are the Rockies AA team and have a cool little stadium nestled in downtown Tulsa.

The promotional gift today was a Hornsby(the Drillers mascot) cereal bowl…For kids only.

Bummer I like cereal too.

ONEOK Field was designed by architect firm Populous(formerly HOK Sport Venue Event) of Kansas City, Missouri and constructed by Manhattan Construction Company. The stadium has an official capacity of 7,833, but is capable of holding up to 9,000 for special events.

It has 23 suites and a playing field recessed about 13 feet below street level. With a construction cost of $39.2 million, the project also included the purchase of adjacent land for complementary development, for a total project budget of $60 million.

The new ballpark was intended to be more directly connected to its urban surroundings than was the old stadium at the fairgrounds, and also to have many of the same kinds of luxury amenities available in a major-league ballpark, both for fans and for the players and coaches.
ONEOK is much nicer than Security Service Field where the Rockies AAA Sky Sox play. This little stadium is layed out like a lot of  the spring training ballparks in Arizona.

We didn’t catch batting practice as the stadium opened one hour early and BP was finished by the time we rolled in. As far as the temperature goes, it was also 99 degrees today with at least as much humidity…Yuck!

Gotta love a U-Haul truck on a roof that rotates 360 degrees.

Helluva view of the skyline from home plate.

Rockies pitcher Jeff Francis has his own pole here.

Mylee going for a slide.

Hornsby’s entrance.

Pink fire truck?

In the top of the sixth inning Oscar Taveras hit a foul ball that landed a few rows behind me.

It’s extremely cool when you snag a game ball your first time in a new stadium.

Next pitch Oscar hit the first and only home run of the game.

Mylee showing off here new mohawk.

Mylee was lucky and got tossed a ball that was good for a free ice cream helmet.

3816 folks showed up to witness the Drillers lose this one to the Cardinals 5-3.

I’m “D” The Ranter…Glad to be home…Check another one-off the list.

5 Comments

Looks like a great day! Love the Jeff Francis pole. Maybe Mylee will share her bowl if you ask nicely. ;)

JOY-Great day for sure. Joy you are 4 comments away from being my top commentor (Marianne has 98),and 5 comments away from 100. Thanks for always being there with something cool to say…”D”

That’s a beautiful field. I’m guessing the Drillers are a farm team to the Rockies since Jeff Francis is on one of the poles.
-Mateo
http://mateofischer.mlblogs.com

MATEO-Yep, Drillers are the Rockies AA team. Thanks for the vistit…”D”

ONEOK looks like a vast improvement over the Drillers former park. That place was pretty dumpy. Reason enough to go back to Tulsa? Pro’ly not.

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