OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) – Most people are ready to say goodbye to 2021 and the OKC Arts Council is ready to do so in style.
For the first time in two years, they will be hosting Opening Night in person and preparations are already underway.
This year, the Oklahomans are going to the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark for a different kind of ball.
“It has about 2,500 lights and around 11:30 to midnight we will watch it slowly ascend,” said Alyssa Flesher, Project Manager at the OKC Arts Council.
Opening Night is a longstanding tradition in Oklahoma City, but for the first time, revelers will watch the ball go up and say hello to the new year at the ballpark.
“We tried to host an event here last year,” says Flesher. “It turned into a five-hour live stream.”
Organizers say it’s time to witness the magic again, after spending so much time watching life through screens.
As usual, it was set to be a celebration with local flares from the start.
Before entering, attendees will be greeted with murals by metro area artists.
“It was our Fresh Paint OKC NYE Project involving the Oklahoma City Thunder and this year we had four girls participating. They drew in six sections at the OKC Farmers Market,” says Flesher.
Inside the ballpark, organizers say you’ll find all the fun and excitement of years past and beyond.
“We’re going to have nine artists performing live, they’ll be in locations all over the football field,” Flesher said. “We will have free snow tubs, art activities for kids and a live interactive mural that partygoers can contribute to.”
The goal is to lift spirits and the ball as we move into 2022.
“We’re excited to be back to a little bit of normal at the ballpark,” said Flesher.
You can buy the wristbands before the event for $8 at your local 7-Eleven stores or on art council website.
The bracelets will also be on sale for $10 on event night at the three entrances of the ballpark.
https://kfor.com/news/local/arts-council-okc-setting-up-for-opening-night-in-downtown-oklahoma-city/ OKC Arts Council Forms for Opening Night in Downtown Oklahoma City