Not only will RedHawks Field at Bricktown have a different name this season, it also will smell differently.
The aroma of grilled peppers and onions along with freshly made popcorn will fill the stadium as RedHawk fans have a larger and more diverse menu to choose from this season.
Not only will there be the standard ball park fare of hot dogs, cheeseburgers and pizza at what is now called Newcastle Field at Bricktown, but RedHawk fans also will be able to fill their stomachs with specialty franks and sausages hot off the grill, freshly made burritos and a variety of Philly cheesesteaks.
The RedHawks open the season Thursday night with the first game in an eight-game homestand, beginning with a four-game set against the Memphis Redbirds.
The RedHawks will have a new food concessionaire this season, partnering with Pro Sports Catering, a company that specializes in minor league ball park food and beverages. The company already is operating in 12 other minor league ball parks in the country.
The stadium's concession facilities have been renovated with new equipment. New kiosks that will be stationed around the ball park also will be selling food. The RedHawk owners, Mandalay Baseball Properties, promise the food will be fresher and tastier.
“We are not going to have pre-wrapped hot dogs,” said J.P. Shadrick, broadcaster and media relations director for the RedHawks. “We won't make them before (the game) and sit them in a warmer. They will be on the grill and pretty much made before your eyes.”
Among the new menu items that are predicted to be a hit with fans is the Memphis Dog, a delicacy of pulled pork, cole slaw and barbeque sauce on top of a wiener in a special roll.
“You would think there would be only so many ways to dress up a hot dog, but they are finding new ways to do it,” Shadrick said. “It's like you are eating a barbeque sandwich except there is this surprise of a hot dog at the bottom too.”
For fans that live on the spicy side of life, the Firecracker is a jalapeno cheddar wiener with shredded Monterey jack cheese, jalapeno peppers and chipotle mayonnaise.
And if fans really want to eat out - or in the outfield in the case - they can head down the right field line where there will be a new Steakadelphia stand.
Or they can try Mexican food at the new “Salsa” kiosk that serves nachos along with chicken and beef burritos made with freshly steamed tortillas.
The trade-off for freshly made food is that fans may have to wait longer to get it.
“It might take a little bit longer but because we have doubled our points of sale, you are not going to be waiting in a line a long time,” Shadrick said. “But it's worth waiting an extra minute or two to get something fresh, that's the way we look at it.”
There also is a new “Smokies” kiosk that will be grilling foot long hot dogs and brats, Polish sausages and jalapeno cheddar sausages.
Shadrick thinks fans will detect a notable difference through their noses during the season opener on Thursday night.
“The one thing that was missing from this stadium was you really couldn't smell anything, whether it was fresh popped popcorn,” he said.
“That was all done before in the dungeon downstairs. No one could ever smell it. Now, it's all made fresh right there. You should smell it in the stands. I think the smells will be a big difference that people will really notice when they first get in here.”
Here are examples of some of the new food items at the ball park this season
American – swiss - $7
Original – wiz - $7
Italian – marinara sauce, mozzarella - $7
Franx (specialty hot dogs)
Chicago – poppy seed bun, tomato, dill pickle, banana pepper, green relish, celery salt - $5.75
Memphis – gourmet roll, pulled pork, bbq sauce, fresh coleslaw - $5.75
Firecracker – jalapeno cheddar wiener, shredded Monterey jack, jalapeno peppers, chipotle mayonnaise - $5.75
Footlong Dog - $6.50
Footlong Brat - $6.50
Polish Sausage - $5.75
Jalapeno Cheddar Sausage - $5.75
Super Nacho - $7.00
Burrito – $6.50
Flashpoint Grill (ballpark fare)
Jumbo hot dog - $3.75
Cheeseburger - $5.75
Pulled Pork Sandwich - $6.00
Chicken Tenders - $6.00
Banana Split Sundae - $6.00
Root Beer Float - $4.75
Funnel Cake - $5.75
Dippin' Dots kiosks are still available along with a Hideaway Pizza location will be on the third base side of the concourse, serving both inside and outside the ballpark during games.