Tulsa baseball fans can start counting down the days until the Drillers 2016 home opener on Thursday, April 14. (Photo by Rich Crimi)
The Tulsa Drillers and the Texas League have finalized the dates and start times for their 2016 season schedule. The club will begin its second year as an affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers on the road against the Corpus Christi Hooks on Thursday, April 7 for a three-game series before heading over to San Antonio for a three-game set against the Missions. Following the initial road trip, the Drillers will host the Hooks in their home opener at ONEOK Field on Thursday, April 14.
The initial homestand will consist of six games, running through Tuesday, April 19. It will include three games facing the Hooks and three games facing the Missions.
Tulsa's 2016 schedule will feature 140 games, including 70 home games, divided into two halves. The first-half of the Texas League season will conclude on June 20.
Of the 70 Driller games to be played at ONEOK Field, 41 will be played on Thursdays, Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Looking at the schedule by month, the Drillers will play 12 home games during April, 16 in May, 12 in June, 17 in July, 10 in August and 3 in September.
Standard starting time for most games at ONEOK Field will remain at 7:05PM. However, Sunday home games will feature a slightly earlier start time in 2016 as those games will begin at 1:05PM. The earlier first pitch time will allow fans to enjoy a Sunday afternoon at the ballpark while still leaving their evenings free for other weekend plans or to prepare for the upcoming week. The only exception to the Sunday afternoon times will be for the games on Memorial Day and Labor Day weekends. Those two games will begin at 7:05PM to accommodate the post-game fireworks shows described below.
Speaking of fireworks, the 70-game home slate is highlighted by 19 Fireworks Games at ONEOK Field. Every Friday home game will again feature post-game fireworks, while fireworks will also follow five selected Saturday games.
Beyond the regular Friday and Saturday night displays, there will also be a special fireworks show scheduled for Memorial Day Weekend on Sunday, May 29. In addition, there will be fireworks shows following the game on Thursday, June 9 as well as after the final three regular season games of the year on Labor Day weekend, September 3-5.
This year's home schedule also includes six weekday, day games. The day games are scheduled for: April 18 (12:05PM), April 27 (11:05AM), May 2 (11:05AM), May 9 (11:05AM), May 11 (4:05PM), and June 8 (12:05PM).
The Drillers will wrap up the 2016 regular season at ONEOK Field with the final regular season game scheduled for Monday, September 5.
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Fans of college baseball can look forward to the month of May as ONEOK Field will once again host two Bedlam games between OSU and OU on Saturday, May 14 and Sunday, May 15. Bedlam ticket plans are currently available for purchase through the Drillers Ticket Office.
Besides the Bedlam Plans, there are several different ticket packages for the 2016 season now available, including a Friday Night Fireworks Plan and a Weekender Plan. Fans interested in any level of packages can contact the Drillers at (918)744-5901 or at