Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, Oklahoma City
|Former names||Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark|
SBC Bricktown Ballpark
AT&T Bricktown Ballpark
RedHawks Field at Bricktown
Newcastle Field at Bricktown
|Location||2 South Mickey Mantle Drive|
Oklahoma City, OK 73104
|Public transit||OKC Streetcar Ballpark|
|Owner||City of Oklahoma City|
|Operator||Oklahoma City Dodgers|
|Capacity||13,066 (9,000 currently)|
|Field size||Left Field: 325 ft|
Center Field: 400 ft
Right Field: 325 ft
|Surface||Tifway 419 Bermuda|
|Broke ground||October 10, 1995|
|Opened||April 16, 1998|
|Construction cost||US$34 million |
($52.3 million in 2018 dollars )
|Architect||Architectural Design Group, Inc.|
|Project manager||White & Associates|
|Structural engineer||Zahl-Ford, Inc.|
|Services engineer||PSA Consulting Engineers|
|General contractor||Oscar J. Boldt Construction Co.|
|Oklahoma City Dodgers (PCL) (1998–present)|
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballparkopened in 1998 in downtown Oklahoma City's Bricktown Entertainment District, replacing All Sports Stadium. It is the home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Triple-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers Major League Baseball team. The park has seating for up to 13,066 fans and currently utilizes a seating capacity of 9,000 for Dodgers games.
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All Sports Stadium was a stadium located at the State Fairgrounds in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. It had a capacity of 15,000 people and opened in 1961.
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The stadium frequently hosts the Phillips 66 Big 12 Baseball Tournament and is slated to host the tournament through 2020. The first Big 12 tournament was held at All Sports Stadium in 1997 before moving to Bricktown in 1998. The tournament has been held at Bricktown every year since, except for 2002 and 2004, when it was contested at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington, the home park of the Texas Rangers , and in 2015 when Tulsa hosted the tournament . The ballpark also often hosts games of the Bedlam Series, in which the Oklahoma Sooners face the Oklahoma State Cowboys.
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The ballpark also hosts numerous other events both during and outside the baseball season. Those events include the Oklahoma High School Baseball Series in March, the snow tubing WinterFest November-January, a variety of community walks and runs, concerts, parties, corporate outings, meetings, seminars and more.
Oklahoma City voters approved a temporary one-cent sales tax increase in December 1993 to fund the Metropolitan Area Projects Plan (MAPS), the city's capital improvement program created to build and upgrade sports, recreation, entertainment, cultural and convention facilities.During the 66 months the sales tax was in effect, more than $309 million was collected.
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The $34 millionChickasaw Bricktown Ballpark became the first major MAPS structure to be completed, helping spark a revitalization in Bricktown. Architectural Design Group of Oklahoma City served as the ballpark's architect and Oscar J. Boldt Construction Co., was the ballpark's general contractor.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held on October 10, 1995,but actual construction did not begin until August 1996 due to escalating construction costs and the redesign of the ballpark by architects. The ballpark opened on April 16, 1998 with the RedHawks falling to the Edmonton Trappers 6-3 in front of a sellout crowd of 14,066 fans.
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Statues of legendary baseball players with Oklahoma ties stand before the ballpark's three main gates.
A 7-foot-6 bronze statue of Mickey Mantle stands on a 3-foot granite base at the third base pavilion.Mantle, the New York Yankees' switch-hitting star, was born in Spavinaw and raised in Commerce. The Baseball Hall of Fame centerfielder's statue was dedicated on the ballpark's opening day April 16, 1998.
Baseball Hall of Fame catcher Johnny Bench grew up in Binger, and a nine-foot statue of the former Cincinnati Reds star greets fans at the ballpark's home plate gate. The statue was dedicated July 27, 2001.
An 8-foot-8 statue of Baseball Hall of Fame pitcher Warren Spahn was dedicated July 2, 2005.The Cy Young Award winning left-hander hailed from Buffalo, New York, but chose to make Broken Arrow and Hartshorne his home after managing the Tulsa Drillers from 1967-71. His statue sits outside of the ballpark's right field gate.
Approximately 480,000 bricks make up the exterior of the ballpark, which mixes retro charm with modern accommodations. A 10-foot tall, 185-foot long LED video board was added in left field for the 2011 season.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark has continued to undergo numerous improvements and renovations in recent years.
In 2012, the Legends Lounge concourse suite was upgraded and the concession stands overhauled. Ballpark signage was upgraded in 2013 and new stairs installed from the concourse to the club and press levels. Three sections of bleachers in left field were replaced with ballpark seats in 2014, while digital screens and drink rails were also added throughout the concourse.
The Budweiser Deck was constructed and introduced in 2015, replacing the bleacher seating in left field. The ballpark’s playground was relocated and upgraded also for this season. Four 4Topps tables were installed near home plate and the Devon Energy Deck was updated in right field. The Team Store was completely renovated. Also, the audio system and water fountains were upgraded and a center field camera was added.
In 2016, the center field scoreboard and video board were replaced with a high-definition display. TVs were added at the concession stands and all TVs were upgraded to high definition throughout the ballpark. Six additional 4Topps tables were installed near home plate. The Brickyard area was introduced along the concourse and three sections of bleachers in right field were replaced with ballpark seats. A timeline of franchise history was added to the club level and a train ride was added on the concourse.
The renovations continued in 2017 with the complete overhaul of the Oklahoma Fidelity Bank Club, formerly the Diamond Lounge, on the club level. The space doubled in square footage and included a new bar design, additional seating capacity, 14 TVs as well as upgraded fixtures, flooring and furniture. A new double suite, allowing the addition of a Champions Membership, was created as well. Furniture throughout all of the entertainment suites on the club and press levels was upgraded. Additional audio, landscaping and security improvements were also made throughout the ballpark.
The ballpark has received numerous accolades since its opening in 1998, including being named the No. 2 minor league ballpark in the country by Baseball America the year it openedand being hailed as one of the country's top 10 minor league stadiums in the 2013 10Best Readers' Choice Awards, presented by USA Today.
The stadium was to be called "Southwestern Bell Park". When the general public learned that Bricktown wasn't part of the name, there was an uproar. Due to public pressure, the stadium opened as Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark (later SBC Bricktown Ballpark after Southwestern Bell's name change). In March 2006, the ballpark was renamed AT&T Bricktown Ballpark following the merger between SBC and Old AT&T. After AT&T reevaluated its sports marketing strategy, they gave up naming rights, resulting in the RedHawks Field at Bricktown designation for 2011.
On April 4, 2012, it was announced that Newcastle Gaming Center in the nearby suburb of Newcastle (owned by the Chickasaw Nation) had purchased naming rights to the ballpark, with the new Newcastle Field at Bricktown name effective immediately.The name change led to public outcry, principally over the prospect of a suburb's name appearing on a city-owned building. One day later on April 5, 2012 (the opening day of the 2012 RedHawks season), Newcastle Gaming Center announced that it would once again rename the ballpark as the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
Amateur teams started playing on makeshift fields shortly after the state's Land Run in 1889 in a centrally located site near where Bricktown sits today.In fact, Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark sits within a block of the original site.
The city's first ballpark structure was Colcord Field, located along the banks of the North Canadian River in 1904, which was home to Oklahoma City's first professional baseball team. The facility was also called Saratoga Park, Liberty Park and Western League Park before being destroyed by flooding in 1923.
Holland Field, located at NW 4 and Pennsylvania, was built in 1924 and later became Tribe Park in the early 1940s and Texas League Park in 1946.
All Sports Stadium opened in 1962 and was located at NW 10th Street and May at the state fairgrounds.The 89ers played there for 36 seasons.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark celebrated its 20th season in 2017 at which numerous festivities were held throughout the season to mark this milestone, including a kickoff luncheon prior to the season featuring former OKC mayors and PCL President Branch B. Rickey. A commemorative brick display benefitting the OKC Dodgers Baseball Foundation was unveiled on the Mickey Mantle Plaza and fans were able to vote online throughout the season to select an All-Ballpark Team and determine the best players to step on the field at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark. Ceremonial first pitches took place throughout the season, players wore special 20th Season jerseys, new merchandise was introduced in the Team Store and a 20th Season Stein was given away to fans to help mark the special occasion.
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