OKC Dodgers return in April. Here is their new-look schedule
The Oklahoma City Dodgers are on track to play their first baseball game in more than a year.
OKC's long-awaited return to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark is set for Thursday, April 15, against Round Rock, the organization announced Thursday morning.
Last season was not played due to the COVID-19 pandemic. But OKC is back for 142 games this season, including 72 at The Brick.
The Brick will operate with reduced capacity to begin the season. The Dodgers are closely working with the OKC-County Health Department to set health and safety protocols.
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“I don’t think it’s hyperbole to say this is the most anticipated season schedule in Oklahoma City baseball history,” OKC president and general manager Michael Byrnes said in a release. “After not being able to have a season last year due to health and safety concerns, this announcement is a significant step toward baseball returning to Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
“Last year we saw 16 former OKC players help the Los Angeles Dodgers to a World Series Championship, and we cannot wait to see what the future has in store.”
OKC opens the season on the road April 8 at Tacoma.
But the schedule has a few new twists following the realignment of the minors last week by Major League Baseball, including six-game series and every Wednesday off. That extends the season to Sept. 21. The aim is to reduce travel and aid players’ health.
Plus, OKC’s opponents have changed.
As part of the new Triple-A West League, OKC no longer plays Iowa, Memphis and Nashville. Instead, Albuquerque and Sugar Land are new division opponents along with El Paso and Round Rock.
The Dodgers will announce a promotional schedule at a later date. But fireworks after each Friday home game are back and they are also set to host Salt Lake on July 4 and Albuquerque on Labor Day.
Here is a breakdown of the schedule:
April 8-13 at Tacoma
April 15-20 vs. Round Rock
April 22-27 at El Paso
April 29-May 4 vs. Albuquerque
May 6-11 at Round Rock
May 13-18 vs. Sacramento
May 20-25 at Albuquerque
May 27-June 1 at El Paso
June 3-8 vs. Sugar Land
June 10-15 vs. El Paso
June 17-22 at Round Rock
June 24-29 at Sugar Land
July 1-6 vs. Salt Lake
July 8-11 at El Paso
July 15-20 vs. Reno
July 22-27 vs. Sugar Land
July 29-Aug. 3 at Round Rock
Aug. 5-10 at Albuquerque
Aug. 12-17 vs. Round Rock
Aug. 19-24 at Sugar Land
Aug. 26-31 vs. Las Vegas
Sept. 2-7 vs. Albuquerque
Sept. 9-14 at Salt Lake
Sept. 16-21 vs. Round Rock