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Drillers, Fans Ready For Opening Night

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After beginning the season with a six-game road trip against the Corpus Christi Hooks and the San Antonio Missions, the Drillers are back in Tulsa to play their 2016 home opener at ONEOK Field.

The Drillers will host the Hooks for a three-game series here in Tulsa beginning Thursday night. First pitch is scheduled for 7:05PM following the Opening Night Parade and related festivities.

Highlighting the list of pre-game events will be former Negro League player and WWII veteran Porter Reed, who will be throwing out the ceremonial first pitch. The complete list of promotional activities for Thursday night is listed below.

Getting the start for Tulsa will be a familiar face in right-hander Chris Anderson. Anderson also started last year's home opener, delivering six strikeouts over five innings to help lead the Drillers to their first win as the Double-A affiliate of the Los Angeles Dodgers.

Since moving to downtown Tulsa in 2010, the Drillers are 4-2 in home openers at ONEOK Field. They will aim for their fourth straight Opening Night win at home when they clash with the Hooks Thursday night.

Drillers Home Openers at ONEOK Field

April 10, 2015:    W vs. San Antonio 10-4

April 3, 2014:      W vs. Corpus Christi 5-4

April 11, 2013:    W vs. San Antonio, 6-2

April 12, 2012:    L vs. San Antonio, 1-2

April 7, 2011:      W vs. Corpus Christi, 3-2

April 8, 2010:      L vs. Corpus Christi, 0-7

Although the General Admission Lawn seating is already sold out for the game, there are a select number of seats still available for purchase. Fans can secure their tickets while they last, online at TulsaDrillers.com, in-person at the ONEOK Field Ticket Office or over the phone at 918-744-5901.

OPENING NIGHT!

Baseball returns to Tulsa when the Drillers play their first game of the 2016 season at ONEOK Field! Opening night activities are brought to you by CPR of Tulsa, FOX23 and AM 740 News Talk KRMG.

OPENING NIGHT PARADE

The festivities will begin with the Drillers' annual Opening Night Parade! The parade will begin at 6:00 PM and will end at approximately 6:45 PM. Fans can line up along Greenwood Avenue and Archer Street, which run along the adjacent east and south sides of ONEOK Field. The parade will begin at OETA Tulsa (across from OSU-Tulsa) and conclude at the Oil Derrick Entrance of ONEOK Field at the corner of Archer Street and Elgin Avenue. 

The parade will feature the US Army Corp of Engineers, the Oklahoma National Guard, the Shriners, Patriot Guard Riders, five corvettes from The Tulsa Vette Set, Art Cars, Drillers players, local Little League Teams, Oil-E Coyote and Hornsby! The parade is sponsored by the Green Country Chevy Dealers.

THIRSTY THURSDAY

Just in case Opening Night is not enough incentive, it is also the first Thirsty Thursday of the year. Twelve ounce servings of Bud and Bud Light draught beers and 16 ounce servings of Pepsi products will all be on sale for only $1 each.

RALLY TOWELS

Special Drillers Rally Towels will be passed out at all gate entrances as fans arrive at the game, courtesy of CPR of Tulsa.

2016 SCHEDULE MAGNETS

All fans will receive a 2016 Tulsa Drillers schedule magnet from Mazzio's as they leave the stadium.

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