The Tulsa Drillers will open the home portion of their 42nd season of play on Thursday, April 12 when they host the Frisco RoughRiders at ONEOK Field. First pitch for the opener is scheduled for 7:05 p.m. in downtown Tulsa. It will be the first of a six-game homestand that will continue for six straight days, through April 17.
Tulsa will host the RoughRiders (Texas Rangers) in the first three games, followed by a three-game set with the Midland RockHounds (Oakland A's). The opening three games of the stand, Thursday-Saturday, will all begin at 7:05 p.m. The first two games against Midland, on Sunday and Monday, will both start at 4:05 p.m., while the homestand finale on Tuesday will return to a 7:05 p.m. start.
Promotions during the opener will include the first FOX23 Friday Night Fireworks event of the season on April 13, and free Drillers Blankets to the first 1,500 fans from Osage Casino & Hotel on Tulsa's Channel 8 Grand Slam Saturday on April 14. The 4:05 p.m. game on Monday, April 16 will be a Businesspersons Happy Hour Game.
A complete list of promotions for the first homestand is below.
The Drillers are beginning their fourth season as an affiliate of the National League Champion Los Angeles Dodgers. Last year, Tulsa came within one win of claiming its first Texas League title since 1998.
Manager Scott Hennessey returns for his first full season at the helm of the Drillers, and the opening day roster for Tulsa included 7 of the top 10 prospects in the Dodgers farm system, as rated by Baseball America.
Tulsa will look to snap a two-game losing streak in home openers. Overall, the Drillers are 4-4 in openers at ONEOK Field, with the last victory coming in 2015.
HOME OPENERS AT ONEOK FIELD
- April 13, 2017: L vs. Midland 5-7 (Attendance: 8,124)
- April 14, 2016: L vs. Corpus Christi 5-10 (Attendance: 8,762)
- April 10, 2015: W vs. San Antonio 10-4 (Attendance: 8,376)
- April 3, 2014: W vs. Corpus Christi 5-4 (Attendance: 8,379)
- April 11, 2013: W vs. San Antonio, 6-2 (Attendance: 7,347)
- April 12, 2012: L vs. San Antonio, 1-2 (Attendance: 8,228)
- April 7, 2011: W vs. Corpus Christi, 3-2 (Attendance: 6,133)
- April 8, 2010: L vs. Corpus Christi, 0-7 (Attendance: 8,665)
Individual tickets for the opener and the other five games in the homestand are currently available for purchase online at TulsaDrillers.com, in person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office (201 N. Elgin Avenue) or over the phone at (918) 744-5901.
TULSA DRILLERS SCHEDULE/PROMOTIONS (April 12-17)
Thursday, April 12. . . Frisco RoughRiders (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 5:30 PM
OPENING NIGHT AT ONEOK FIELD!
OPENING NIGHT PARADE / DODGERS GREAT STEVE YEAGER
The wait is finally over as the Drillers return to action at ONEOK Field with the 2018 home opener, presented by CPR Roofing, Mazzio's, My41, 106.9 K-Hits and 98.5 KVOO. A number of activities and promotions are planned, beginning with our annual Opening Night Parade at 6:00 p.m. Youth players and dignitaries will lead a parade down Greenwood Avenue and across Archer Street, eventually arriving at ONEOK Field in celebration of the season opener.
Former LA Dodgers great Steve Yeager will also be in attendance to help get the season started. The 1981 World Series MVP will throw the ceremonial season-opening first pitch prior to the game and will be available on the stadium concourse during the early innings to visit with fans.
During the National Anthem, individuals from the Thunderbird Youth Academy will present a large, American Flag in the outfield.
DRILLERS RALLY TOWELS
The first 5,000 fans into the stadium will receive a Rally Towel designed like the Drillers blue jerseys. The towels are courtesy of CPR Roofing.
There is no better way to open the season than with a Thirsty Thursday! We will be offering 12 oz. servings of Budweiser and Bud Light draught beers and 16 oz. servings of soft drinks for only $1 each.
2018 SCHEDULE MAGNETS
All fans will receive a 2018 Drillers Schedule Magnet from Mazzio's as they leave the stadium.
Friday, April 13 . . . Frisco RoughRiders (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
FOX23 FRIDAY NIGHT FIREWORKS
It's our first FOX23 Friday Night Fireworks game of the year, and you will not want to miss it! After the game, we will cap the night with a large Fireworks Spectacular courtesy of the Saint Francis Cancer Center and FOX23 and K95.5.
Saturday, April 14 . . . Frisco RoughRiders (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
TULSA'S CHANNEL 8 GRAND SLAM SATURDAY / DRILLERS FLEECE BLANKETS
The first 1,500 fans to enter the stadium at the Arvest or Oil Derrick entrances with a paid admission will receive a 4 ft. x 5 ft. Drillers Fleece Blanket compliments of Osage Casino & Hotel, Tulsa's Channel 8 and 92.9 The Drive.
Sunday, April 15 . . . Midland RockHounds (4:05 PM) - Gates Open at 2:30 PM
JACKIE ROBINSON DAY / KIDS MINI-BAT GIVEAWAY / KIDS EAT FREE / YOUTH CLINIC
It is a special 4:05 p.m start for our first Sunday afternoon game of the season presented by the Green Country Chevy Dealers, 2 Works For You and 98.5 KVOO. In their 42nd season of play, the Drillers will honor baseball's most famous #42 with Jackie Robinson Day, which will be celebrated throughout Major League Baseball and Minor League Baseball. In recognition of the ground-breaking, Dodgers Hall of Famer, all Drillers players will be wearing his number 42 on throwback jerseys. The day will also include a video tribute to the first African-American player in the major leagues.
GREEN COUNTRY CHEVY DEALERS KIDS MINI-BAT GIVEAWAY
The first 500 kids 12 and under to enter with a paid admission through the Arvest and Oil Derrick Entrances will receive a Drillers mini bat compliments of the Green Country Chevy Dealers.
KIDS EAT FREE SUNDAY
It will be a great day for young fans as all kids 12 and under will receive a Kids Eat Free coupon when they enter the stadium that will be redeemable for a free hot dog, a Hiland milk and an ice cream or fruit cup.
PSO YOUTH CLINIC
Prior to the game, all youth baseball and softball players are invited to participate in the PSO Youth Skills Clinic. Beginning at 2:30 p.m., young players can go on the field to learn from the Drillers players, compliments of PSO.
SUPERCUTS KIDS RUN THE BASES
The big day of activities for kids will conclude with the chance to run the bases at ONEOK Field, courtesy of Supercuts.
Monday, April 16. . . Midland RockHounds (4:05 PM) - Gates Open at 3:00 PM
BUSINESSPERSONS HAPPY HOUR GAME
It may be the start of the work week, but we have got the perfect suggestion to help you get through the remaining four days, Happy Hour at the ballpark presented by The Buzz Sports Network, AM 1430 and AM 1300! Plan to leave work just a little early and take in the Drillers game while enjoying discounted beers and soft drinks.
Tuesday, April 17 . . . Midland RockHounds (7:05 PM) - Gates Open at 6:00 PM
2 WORKS FOR YOU $2 TUESDAY
The first $2 Tuesday of the year is brought to you by TulsaRecycles.com, 2 Works For You and 106.1 The Twister! Fans can purchase General Admission Lawn tickets for only $2* each, while all other tickets are discounted $3 off normal prices.
Fans can also buy kid's hot dogs, boxes of popcorn, cotton candy, ice cream sandwiches and 21 oz. soft drinks for only $2 each. In addition, fans can save $2 on Mazzio's Go Pizzas.
Also, from 6:00 PM-8:00 PM, it's Modelo Happy Hour with Modelo on sale for only $2 on the concourse behind home plate and at the Busch Scoreboard Bar.
*Does not include Oklahoma professional sports $1 fee
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