Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark

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Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark, in Oklahoma City, OK, is the home of the Oklahoma City Dodgers, the Los Angeles Dodgers' Triple-A West farm team, and of the Oklahoma Sports Hall of Fame.

In 1998, OKC's 36-year-old club changed its nickname, league, and playpen: from 89ers to RedHawks, from the American Association to the Pacific Coast League, and from All-Sports Stadium to then-Southwestern Bell Bricktown Ballpark. The HOK Sport (now Populous) stadium hosted some University of Oklahoma-Oklahoma State University Bedlam Series games until OSU confined its home games to its brand-new $60 million stadium in 2020. "The Brick" revived the Triple-A National Baseball Championship, as the Bricktown Showdown, in 2006.

The stadium's brand was originally Bricktown Ballpark, but just that never went on its walls. By the time it opened, Southwestern Bell owned naming rights. Corporate mergers brought two more names during that contract. In 2012, Newcastle Casino - which opened the same year Bricktown did - bought rights but ran into twin tracks of trouble: Tying baseball and gambling, even in name only, always raises controversy; and Newcastle is an OKC suburb, creating at least an appearance of a suburb's name a facility owned by Oklahoma City. The compromise, Chickasaw, is the name of the tribe that owns the casino.

Bounded by Mickey Mantle Drive, Johnny Bench Drive, Joe Carter Avenue and Flaming Lipps Alley in the downtown Bricktown district, it replaced All-Sports Stadium.

Trooping the colors before a game in 2009
The Ballpark from space.