Review by Gary
Built in 1981, the largest capacity stadium in Double-A baseball was located in Tulsa, Oklahoma. I visited in 1997, but I am sad to report that the stadium was taken down in 2017, it’s bleachers re-purposed and the site re-used. Seating 10,997, this stadium had many names before and after it was called “Drillers Stadium”, but that was the name when I was there, so that’s what I’ll call it.
From 1981 to 2009, Drillers Stadium was home to the Tulsa Drillers of the Double-A Texas League. In 1997, the Drillers were the farm club of my adopted team, the Texas Rangers. My best memory of my visit to the stadium was seeing a home run hit over the left field wall and bouncing off the front of the supermarket that was once right across the street from the park (It’s now a Walgreens).
The stadium’s most notable feature was the metal roof that wrapped from foul pole to foul pole and shielded many fans from the hot Oklahoma sun before it set. The main drawback of this feature was the obstructed views created by the roof’s supporting beams.
The majority of the seating area was made of aluminum bleachers above a walkway with reserved seats at field level. It was basic and workmanlike and definitely a throwback to the middle era of minor league ballparks, post-classic and pre-retro, when function and economy took precedence over style and comfort, but Drillers Stadium was not without its charms.
For some unique views of Drillers Stadium, check out this cool, 360 degree interactive photo collection that the team has posted on their website since moving to a new ballpark in downtown Tulsa.