The Tulsa Drillers (Class AA; Texas League) will make major upgrades at ONEOK Field this offseason, as new video displays will be installed in time for the 2020 season. The million-dollar project will replace, enlarge and enhance all of the ballpark’s LED video displays.
The highlight of the project will be a new, larger LED video board beyond left-center field that will replace the original scoreboard and video board that have been utilized since the opening of ONEOK Field in 2010.
The entire project will be handled by Fair-Play Corporation. Fair-Play is an industry leader in video displays and its scoreboards have been a standard in sports venues since 1930.
The changes will consist of four separate projects. They include:
Main Video Display: A new, HD 31.5 ft. x 67.75 ft. video display will be installed to replace the existing scoreboard and video display. The new LED display will feature state-of-the-art 10mm 1080p LED, offering one of the clearest pictures available. Unlike the old board, the new display will not have a separate matrix scoreboard but will be a complete, uninterrupted LED video board. The total board size will be 43% larger than the previous board, but the actual video display will nearly double in size, going from 1128 square feet up to 2133 square feet, an increase of 89% in active display size.
New LED Linescore/Video Board: To enhance the fan experience at ONEOK Field even further, new 4 ft. x 64.5 ft. 10mm LED video board is being added in right-center field. It will present a line score for games and will also be equipped to present additional game and statistical information that coincides with today’s baseball analytics.
Suite Level Ribbon Board: The existing ribbon board on the facility’s suite level will be replaced with a new 10mm display that will match the new, higher-quality presentation on the other boards. ONEOK Field was one of the first minor league ballparks to feature a ribbon board on the second level, and the new display will keep the venue among the industry leaders for gameday presentation.
Upcoming Events Marquee Display: Two new video displays will be added to the exterior of ONEOK Field, along the third base side of the ballpark. These displays will be used to inform patrons outside the ballpark of upcoming events, ongoing games and other activities that may be taking place at ONEOK Field.
“ONEOK Field is one of best and most beautiful ballparks in all of Minor League Baseball, and these upgrades will only make it better by further enhancing the fan experience,” said Drillers President Mike Melega. “We excited that we are going to be able to give fans an even better experience when they watch Drillers Baseball at ONEOK Field.”
Fair-Play is a division of Trans-Lux Corporation. Trans-Lux is a global leader in designing, selling, leasing and maintaining multi-color, real-time data and LED large screen electronic information displays. Fair-Play is Trans-Lux’s dedicated sports scoring and equipment solutions division.
“We are so proud to serve the Tulsa Drillers organization and the team’s great fans by manufacturing and installing the best scoreboards and video displays in the world, especially as we celebrate our 85th year in business,” said Trans-Lux President and CEO Alberto Shaio.
Construction for the projects is expected to take approximately three months and will begin immediately with the removal of existing equipment.
The Drillers are scheduled to open the 2020 season on April 9 by hosting the Frisco RoughRiders.
Renderings courtesy Tulsa Drillers.