BMX headquarters to replace old Drillers Stadium

Posted at 8:17 PM, Apr 07, 2016
and last updated 2016-04-07 21:17:10-04

Days are numbered for the old Drillers baseball stadium at the Tulsa Fairgrounds.

It's soon to be torn down to make way for the National BMX headquarters, funded by the new vision package.          

Fifty new corporate jobs are expected with the move.

According to research done by the Sports Commission, events, meetings and Olympic training at the facility will boost Tulsa's economy by $10 million a year.

“The minute we open that track it starts making money for us,” Ray Hoyt, Sports Commission Executive Director said.

The construction timeline is up in the air. First, they have to demolish Drillers Stadium, built in the early 80s.

“It’s actually cheaper to just knock it down.”

The property is owned by the county and is currently used for soccer and rugby.

Once it's leveled, it will take at least a year to build the $15 million facility that BMX will lease on a 30 year contract.

“They are not going anywhere anytime soon,” Hoyt said.

A strong commitment in return for a large investment from taxpayers.