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Big 12 Baseball Coming to Tulsa in 2015

7 Oct, 2013


ONEOK Field to be Venue for Event

The Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament will move to ONEOK Field in 2015, the league announced in a noon press conference today at ONEOK Field.

According to an article in the Tulsa World, the Big 12 has annually held its baseball tournament in Oklahoma City since the league’s birth in 1997. The only exceptions were 2002 and 2004, when it was played in Arlington, Texas.

"We will not disappoint the Big 12 ... this is going to be a great, great event," Tulsa mayor Dewey Bartlett said Thursday at the press conference.

Oklahoma City also had been the traditional home for the Big Eight Tournament dating back to the 1970s.

Tulsa Sports Commission Senior Vice President Ray Hoyt said it was an eight-month process to land the event and added that Tulsa will try to get the 2017 and 2018 tournaments. The tournament returns to Oklahoma City in 2016.

"We are proud to have been chosen for this prestigious event and are ready to do all that we can to support the needs of the event organizers, visiting schools, fans and local enthusiasts," Hoyt said in a press release.

Gaining the baseball tournament is a coup for the city. It was an event targeted by the Tulsa Sports Commission and the Tulsa Drillers when ONEOK Field was being constructed in 2010.

“We couldn’t (bid for the Big 12 tournament) until we had this ballpark,” Mike Dodson, former executive director of the Tulsa Sports Commission, said during a 2010 interview.

Ticket details for the 2015 championship will be announced at a later date.

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