By John Durkee
Tulsa, OK – Slated to be completed before the 2010 baseball season, ONEOK Field will be located directly west of the historic Greenwood District and will be adjacent to the Brady and Blue Dome entertainment districts.
The $60 million ballpark project which includes construction of the stadium for the Tulsa Drillers baseball team and the acquisition of the surrounding land for mixed-use redevelopment will be owned by a public trust. The Tulsa Stadium Trust will oversee the financing, construction and redevelopment of the area around it. The city of Tulsa is the trust's only beneficiary.
Construction of ONEOK Field and the redevelopment of the surrounding area began in December 2008 and are being funded through $30 million in private donations, $25 million in fees that would be generated over 30 years from a downtown property assessment district, and $5 million from the Drillers' lease.