ONEOK Field: Parking at the ballpark
BY KEVIN CANFIELD World Staff Writer
Sunday, April 04, 2010
4/04/10 at 5:28 AM
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This time, the gleaming new sports and entertainment venue opening in Tulsa is named ONEOK Field, but the question surrounding the big event is the same as when the BOK Center opened: Where will I park?
Brian Carroll, media and public relations director for the Tulsa Drillers, has the answer.
"There's more parking available for ONEOK Field than there was at Drillers Stadium," Carroll said. "It's just different parking."
By that, Carroll means there is plenty of parking — it just might not seem that way.
"It will be more segmented," he said.
Drillers Stadium at Expo Square had vast parking lots that could accommodate 2,500 cars.
ONEOK Field, bordered on three sides by city streets and Interstate 244 to the north, doesn't have a single parking lot for the general public.
But that doesn't mean you're necessarily in for a long walk to the ballpark, Carroll said.
"If you park two blocks from the park, it may seem farther than it is" he said, "because of the building and lots" between where you park and the ballpark.
AVOID NORTH LEG OF INNER DISPERSAL LOOP
City officials suggest not using this roadway to access the ballpark for the next 60 to 90 days because of ongoing construction that will at times shut down traffic headed both east and west.
Oklahoma State University-Tulsa will provide free on-campus parking for Tulsa Drillers' fans on Friday nights, Saturdays and Sundays. From the university, fans can walk directly under the Interstate 244 overpass along either Elgin or Greenwood avenues to reach ONEOK Field.
According to the city's Public Works Department, there are 1,651 metered parking spaces in the downtown central business district, which is the area primarily defined by the Inner Dispersal Loop.
Parking is free after 5 p.m. and on weekends.
PUBLIC PARKING GARAGES
There are three city parking garages within a 10-minute walk from the ballpark. They include the Williams South Garage (700 spaces), Second Street and Boston Avenue; Williams North Garage, First Street and Boston Avenue (900 cars) and 100 West Garage (1,200 cars), on First Street and Boulder Avenue.
The cost is as follows: Williams South Garage, $5; Williams North Garage, $5; 100 West Garage, $8.
PRIVATE PARKING LOTS
Dozens of private parking lots will offer parking spaces within a 10-minute walk from the ballpark, city officials say.
Prices will vary from lot to lot.
On-street handicap parking for those with the appropriate permit will be available along Elgin Avenue between Brady Street and Interstate 244.
TULSA TRANSIT ROUTES
Route 203, or the Airport Route, goes from the downtown bus station at 319 S. Denver Ave. and passes by the ballpark on its way to the airport.
Customers can also pick up the 203 bus at Tulsa Transit's midtown station, 33rd Street and Memorial Drive. Parking is free.
Route 222, or the Pine/41st Street Route, goes through downtown and midtown with a stop at Archer Street and Elgin Avenue.
On weekdays, the last bus trip is 6:10 p.m. On Saturdays, the last run is 4:45 p.m. There is no bus service on Sunday.
The one-way cost is $1.50 for adults and $1.25 for individuals 18 years old or younger. Children 4 years old and younger ride free.
To view the Tulsa Transit routes, go to