I am pleased with these drafts for the new downtown baseball field, myself. What do you guys think? It appears to be pretty stylish and in keeping with the BOK arena. Can’t wait to head downtown for some baseball!
By P.J. LASSEK World Staff Writer – from Tulsa World
The exterior design of Tulsa’s downtown ballpark will incorporate brick, zinc and art deco details that reflect the history of the Greenwood District, where it will be built.
The design, created by HOK Sport Venue Event’s office in Kansas City, Mo., was approved by the Tulsa Stadium Trust during a special meeting Wednesday.
The ballpark, to be named ONEOK Field, will be home to the city’s Double-A baseball team, the Tulsa Drillers. During the team’s off-season, the stadium will have a variety of other events.
The $60 million project includes construction of a $39.2 million multipurpose stadium and acquisition of surrounding land for mixed-use redevelopment. The stadium construction is scheduled to be complete in time for the Drillers’ 2010 baseball season.
The Drillers’ owner, Chuck Lamson, is excited about the exterior design, which he said was the product of a “good, thoughtful process.”
Even though the appearance strays from the tradition of all-brick ballparks, “it’s unique with a warm and inviting feel,” he said.
The use of brick in the design “gives homage to the architect of the Greenwood and Brady districts, and having the zinc panels creates the uniqueness of a new structure,” he said.
An initial design concept released last year was discarded. It resembled Frank Lloyd Wright’s architecture style with flat roofs, horizontal lines and stone, steel and glass construction material.