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New Tulsa ballpark design approved

A second run at the design of ONEOK Field from the Tulsa Drillers (Class AA; Texas League) and Populous adds Art Deco touches, drops the Prairie School motif and explicitly includes decorative elements from the site and the state.

The design was approved yesterday by the Tulsa Stadium Trust. The $39.2-million ballpark is a cornerstone of a $60 million redevelopment plan in Tulsa’s downtown Greenwood District.

The new design drops a Prairie School motif and instead adds Art Deco touches, mirroring the design of the area. The blockiness of the design is also gone with the addition of more rounded edges, though the feel of the ballpark will still definitely be on the modern side. The brick exterior will draw on three shades — dark, buff and light red, evoking the natural landscape of Oklahoma — and two shades of gray zinc.

The exterior will feature recurring 4-foot-square medallions designed to evoke the history of the Greenwood District, site of tumultuous race riots. The design of the medallions hasn’t been finalized.

Prep work on the site has already begun, with a final opening scheduled for 2010.

We’ll have more details and renderings later today.

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