TEAM ::: TULSA DRILLERS
LOCATION ::: TULSA, OKLAHOMA
FIRST VISIT ::: AUGUST 25, 2008
OPPONET ::: NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS
LEVEL ::: TEXAS LEAGUE 'AA'
BALLFIELD ::: A-
SCOREBOARD ::: B-
FACILITIES ::: B+
MASCOT ::: A
MY TAKE ON THE PARK
2009 will be the last for Drillers Stadium, the team will be
moving to a new downtown ballpark next year. Over the past 30 years things must have changed an awful lot because this place
doesn't need to be replaced, it may just need to be moved.
Reminiscent of Joe Davis Stadium in Huntsville, Alabama, Drillers
Stadium is a very large ballpark which doesn't seem to draw too well.
The lack of attendance could be because of its location.
The park is located on the site of the State Fairgrounds, making it is a pretty easy
place to find but far away from the
Upon arriving at Drillers Stadium a free parking lot awaits.
A short walk through the lot takes you to the gate, where, like Beehive Field in New Britain, you walk through a break
in the fence to the park's
The concourse here has two concession areas both serving the
The items here are all about $2 less than in Oklahoma City. For $3.75 they sell a Frito Pie which is Chili
on top of a plate of Fritos, I
thought it was really good.
As for the game, the game is handled in a no frills type of way.
The scoreboard gives basic information and the players statistics are not
updated during the game. Seating here is a little
odd, there are two entrances to the seating area. You can walk down to the lower level with a small concourse but no way to
get back to the upper level without going back up to the concourse and a separate staircase for the upper level.
I found one thing to see while here is the sign on the Men's
Room door, "Designated Storm Shelter." Not the type of sign you see everywhere but one you should be aware of in the event
of an emergency.
I guess I know why they need to replace this park, it seems it
just wasn't put in the right loacation.
Next year the Stadium will be in downtown, the prices will be
higher, and the seats will most likely be green. But there was an atmosphere here on the outer edge of the city of Tulsa that
I believe will be lost once the team moves to the downtown park.
THE LINE UPS
Northwest Arkansas Naturals manager :::
27 Brian Poldberg
Tulsa Drillers manager :::
18 Stu Cole
NORTHWEST ARKANSAS NATURALS
26 Jose Duarte cf
17 Marc Maddox 2b
35 Juan Richardson 1b
29 Mario Lisson ss
21 Ed Lucas 3b
24 Brian McFall rf
3 Kiel Thibault c
Ovandy Suero lf
39 Blake Wood p / WP
2 Eric Young Jr. cf
1 Corey Wimberly 2b
Chris Nelson ss
52 Tony Blanco lf
35 Jeff Kindel 1b
26 Rick Guarno c
12 Justin Nelson rf
21 Gary Cates 3b
Eddie Corneno dh
28 Alan Johnson p / LP
330 300 14 17 1
DRILLERS 000 000
010 1 6 2
TIME ::: 2:47
ATTENDANCE ::: 2,060
WEATHER ::: 86
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