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Old Drillers Stadium comes down - but what's going in its place?

Posted at 6:28 AM, Apr 02, 2019
and last updated 2019-04-02 09:53:58-04

TULSA — Let's talk about a construction project that many of you have been wondering about - the old Drillers Stadium at 15th and Yale.

2 Works for You first showed you the demolition of the iconic stadium back in February.

The pile of rubble is where the scoreboard used to stand - one that hailed victory or claimed losses for minor league baseball for nearly 30 years - until 2010 when the shiny new OneOK field opened downtown.

"It was very difficult to develop a purpose at that point in time for what was existing," Expo Square's Matt Rose said.

Rose says the stadium turned into a soccer field, but not long before falling into disrepair and sat empty for several years.

Then, as part of Vision 2025, there was hope for a new breath of life.

It was announced that BMX would move its headquarters there, but that plan fell through in 2017.

Now, after the demolition, the lot will be used for additional parking for Expo Square.

"It's a great way to provide more ample parking during the Tulsa State Fair temporarily," Rose said.

So what will the parking space be eventually?

Well, that's yet to be determined.

"We're still brainstorming and researching what's best for the economic development of this particular property," Rose said.

With 3.5 million visitors to Expo Square every year - the extra parking will be nice.

But I'm sure there are some great things on the horizon for that corner of 15th and Yale that we just don't know about yet.

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