College baseball: Big 12 Baseball Tournament will move to Tulsa in 2015

The tournament will return to Oklahoma City in 2016, but sites are undetermined after that.
by Anthony Slater Published: September 26, 2013
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But in recent years, during both Bedlam and the tournament, attendance has declined and overall interest has waned.

The factors are aplenty: Nationally, college baseball has struggled to entertain. Locally, Oklahoma State went through a disappointing patch. And, perhaps most damaging, the NBA's Thunder has stepped in to capture the hearts, attention and pocketbooks of a vast majority of the city's sports fans.

“There are only so many entertainment dollars out there,” Brassfield said, noting that the NBA playoffs (from mid-April to June) overlap with the end of college baseball season.

From Holliday: “It's kind of hard to blame a fan base with getting infatuated with a pretty awesome NBA team with marquee players. That's the right thing. People should be fired up about that and they should be following it.”

 

So in steps Tulsa, with a sparkling new ballpark (ONEOK Field, completed in 2010) and Bedlam attendance numbers (an average of 9,300 for four games; OKC averaged just 5,017 the past four Bedlam Sundays) that suggest they could support a tournament.

 

“I'm sure they'll do a great job,” Brassfield said. “It'll be a tremendous event in Tulsa, and I'm sure they'll have great ticket sales. It's new, it's a novelty and it only makes sense that people will come out. And if it's going to be someplace else, I'd love to keep it in Oklahoma and I think they'll do wonderful for it.”

 

Added Holliday: “I'm good with both places, I think they both have a lot to offer … If the tournament is in the state of Oklahoma, that's good for Oklahoma and Oklahoma State. I'd hate to lose the tournament to Texas or somewhere out of state.”

by Anthony Slater
Thunder Beat Writer
Anthony Slater started on the Thunder beat in the summer of 2013, joining after two years as NewsOK.com's lead sports blogger and web editor. A native Californian, Slater attended Sonoma State for two years before transferring to Oklahoma State in...
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