Brick work may be an overdesigned feature of new-ish downtown ballparks, but for a few cities, the material fits wonderfully with its surroundings and nowhere is that more evident than in Oklahoma City. In fact, a whole section of their downtown is called “Bricktown” and their AAA ballpark built in 1998 helped to anchor a terrific entertainment district that is a hot spot for visitors and locals. Along with an abundance of restaurants and bars, fans can leisurely take a water taxi on the man-made Bricktown Canal. More than a day can be spent in this section of OKC and not too far down the road is Chesapeake Energy Arena, home of the Thunder.
While the neighborhood is the highlight, the ballpark is pretty good too. Though I frown on the multiple naming-rights changes (they have had an absurd six names to the stadium), this is a great home in the PCL. History is honored very well inside and around Bricktown Ballpark with statues of past locals and other various displays. The amount of shade for fans in the nicely designed stadium is a bonus for a city that frequently exceeds 100 degrees in the summer-time. It is a shame that more fans don’t come out as the RedHawks attendance has dropped to the bottom half of the league. Regardless of attendance, this is a strong and proud community that has been through some rough times and their ballpark is a jewel in a great downtown spot that is well worth a visit.