By Will Bramlett
This is the last issue of the Collegian until September, but sporting events in Tulsa do not take a break while we are gone. Here are a few things to do for those of you staying in Tulsa this summer.
The Tulsa Drillers began play at the beginning of April and currenly are one game back from the first place Springfield Cardinals in the Texas League North division. The team has 60 regular season games remaining in the home stadium, ONEOK Field, in downtown Tulsa.
Their next home series is against the Northwest Arkansas Naturals on Friday and Saturday. The two teams just split a series two-games apiece at ONEOK Field last week. Tickets start at $5.
There is a promotional offering of some sort at nearly every Drillers game. General admission for Tuesday games is just $2. A hot dog, a 21oz. soda, a soft pretzel, popcorn or a slice of Mazzio’s pizza also will only cost fans $2 each on Tuesday. Lastly, a 12 oz. Corona costs only $2 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Wednesday night games are “Bark in the Park” night where fans are allowed to bring their dogs to the lawn seats past the outfield.
Fans can enjoy a $1 12 oz. beer or 16 oz. soda Thursday night. There will be fireworks following Friday and Saturday games.
If you need more soccer following the World Cup in June, the Tulsa Athletics of the National Premier Soccer League will be playing in Old Drillers Stadium.
The team returns to action in a friendly match against the Fort Worth Vaqueros in the Red River Cup on Friday, May 2 at 6 p.m. The final match of the Red River Cup is the following day at the same time.
Their season will begin on the road against the Vaqueros May 9. The team will also play in Oklahoma City against Oklahoma City FC on May 25 before returning to Tulsa for the team’s first home game of the season is on May 30 against the Joplin Demize at 7:30 p.m in Old Drillers Stadium.
The Old Drillers Stadium, at 15th & Yale, has been completely repainted and cleaned up plus the pitch has been expanded in the team’s off-season to make for a better soccer-going experience. Single game tickets start at just $5 and season tickets cost as little as $40.
The roster for the Athletics is filled with many current and former TU and ORU soccer players.
If you are looking for a team in a top-tier league, look no further than the Tulsa Shock of the WNBA. The team, which plays in the BOK Center, has a preseason matchup against the San Antonio Stars on Friday, May 2 at 11:30 a.m.
The team begins their fifth season in Oklahoma and their first with second overall draft pick Odyssey Sims two weeks later against the Minnesota Lynx at 7 p.m. The Lynx are the defending WNBA regular season and WNBA Finals champions.
Tickets start at just $9, and, like the Drillers, the Shock have many theme and promotion nights. The Shock will also appear on ESPN2 when they travel to Chicago to play the Chicago Sky at noon on June 22.
The New York Liberty, the most popular team in the league, will be in Tulsa on June 10 for an 11:30 a.m. game and the Shock will face the Liberty in Madison Square Garden on July 1 with tip-off set for 6 p.m.
The UFC will be coming to the BOK Center two days before classes start. This is the first UFC event in Tulsa since “UFC 4: Revenge of the Warriors” at Expo Square Pavilion in December 1994. The fight on Aug. 23 will be broadcast on FOX Sports 1.
The Oklahoma City Thunder and Oklahoma City Barons are also both in the playoffs. Plus, TU is hosting the NCAA D1 women’s golf championship beginning May 20.
Or you can just ogle the lovely new football posters all summer.