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  Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark, Page 50Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark
Architectural Design Group, Inc.
116 East Sheridan, #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73104

Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
Total Square Feet: 290,000
Construction Period: Aug 1996 to Apr 1998

Construction Team
General Contractor: Oscar J. Boldt - 401 E. Memorial Rd., #100, Oklahoma City, OK 73114
Structural Engineer: Zahl-Ford, Inc. - 1045 S. W. 89th Street, Oklahoma City, OK 73139
Electrical & Mechanical Engineer: PSA Consulting Engineers - 3031 NW 64th, #101, Oklahoma City, OK 73116
Landscape Architect: Brian Dougherty & Associates - 3804 NW 69th, Oklahoma City, OK 73116

On April 16, 1998, a new era for baseball in Oklahoma began with the opening of the Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City. The 12,000-seat facility was conceived and designed as a park for baseball that would offer fans the utmost in comfort and amenities. The state-of-the-art ballpark was designed with attention to tradition and intimacy and rivals many a major league park.

The ballpark is reminiscent of many of the country's older parks. Fan seating is very close to the field-every seat is a good seat! The quirky field configuration is intended to provide for the home field advantage as well as add to the excitement of Redhawks' ball games. Architectural elements like the baseball-shaped lighting fixtures and the bricked-in "windows" on the Power Alley facade lend a touch of playfulness. The design of the ballpark draws on the rich architectural heritage of Oklahoma City. The elevation along Mickey Mantle Drive on the west picks up the flavor of the surrounding warehouses using red brick and cast stone. Yet, some important elements were patterned after the buildings outside the Bricktown warehouse district. The third base entrance pavilion, for example, harkens back to 
Delmar Gardens, one of the first ballparks in Oklahoma City. Del Mar Gardens is long gone, but fondly remembered at the new ballpark. The beautiful facility serves as one of the cornerstones of the Metropolitan Area Projects (MAPS) program area. The ballpark is the centerpiece of the burgeoning Bricktown Entertainment District, which is breathing life back into Oklahoma City's downtown and attracting visitors to Oklahoma City. Since Triple A baseball is just as much about fun as it is about baseball the new ballpark was designed for entertainment. Passers-by on the street can catch 
glimpses of the action through openings or "knotholes" in the walls. In addition to the "knotholes" the ballpark design gives fans another clear view: from the Concourse onto the field.

This openness adds to the festive atmosphere inside the park and makes the new ballpark a great place for people watching. Fans can walk all the way around the park inside the fence. There is picnic seating on the grassy berm behind the outfield fence with its own concession area. Designers intended that walking the circuit would seem like strolling through the county fair. Fun is the key.

The Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark in Oklahoma City contains approximately 290,000 square feet. Although the facility takes up more than two entire city blocks special attention was paid during design so that the ballpark would be a good neighbor. Bricktown-the area east of downtown Oklahoma City and across the railroad tracks-was once the home of furniture warehouses, candy factories and machine shops, but is now a lively entertainment district conveniently close to downtown office buildings and the convention center.

A leader of the design team for Architectural Design Group says, "It is important to remember that the ballpark presented an urban design challenge. There is an obvious dichotomy between the western and the southern edges; the west needed to appeal to pedestrians, while the south needed to be seen by passing motorists, but also block out some of the vehicular noise and distraction. We treated the edges differently to integrate the ballpark as a foreign form into the traditional street grid."

Architectural Design Group, the architectural firm responsible for designing the ballpark, specified quality materials throughout the ballpark. One of those quality elements is the seating. If a fan goes from Oklahoma City to Coors Field in Denver, they will sit in the same molded plastic seat manufactured by Hussey. And, most every fan will appreciate the integral beverage holders!

Handicapped seating is scattered throughout the ballpark. Companion seating and handicapped seating is available in all price ranges. One percent of the total seating capacity has been set aside to accommodate wheelchairs, 120 seats in all.

The "cheap seats" on the outfield grass berm have one of the best views in the park, since they look west over the beautiful Oklahoma City skyline-especially at sunset. The outfield picnic area in Deep Right can also be reserved for large parties. A freestanding concession building beyond center field serves the picnic area as well as anyone strolling the ballpark circuit.

The ballpark contains 26 suites on two levels-16 on the Suite Level and 10 on the Press Level. Suites are air conditioned, have wet bars, televisions and both inside and outside seating. The suites are serviced through the 125-seat lounge area on the Suite Level. Meals are prepared by one of the largest commercial kitchens in the area.

Suites on the Press Level flank the Press Suites. The Press Area has separate suites for home and visiting radio, television and print journalists, with plenty of room for overflow during the Big 12 Tournament. (Oklahoma City was host in 1998, 1999 and 2000.) Team offices are located on both the Press Level and Suite Level. 

A special feature of the ballpark is the underground all-weather batting tunnel. Two lanes can be in use simultaneously-only the majors have it better. Locker rooms and tunnel areas are equipped with spike-proof carpeting. Tuflex rubber flooring guides the way to the dugout.

The Daktonix scoreboard cost just under one million dollars. The scoreboard displays video, as well as the score. Architectural Design Group was able to design the steel framework to mirror the steel structural elements of the ballpark itself.

There have been no shortage of restroom facilities, even on the most crowded of game days. The Bricktown Ballpark's toilet requirements exceed the Professional Baseball Association's standards, which dictate at least one for every 125 women and one for every 450 men. Oklahoma City requirements are much stricter, requiring one toilet for each 50 women and one for each 100 men. How do you determine how many folks to plan for? It is all based on seating capacity. Expectation for ballpark visitors are 60 percent male and 40 percent female.

Exterior Walls --  Designers Cast Stone.
Roof -- Standing Seam: Centria.
Floors --  Dal-Tile.
Interior Walls -- Paint: Sherwin Williams.

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