An annual winter tradition has had an upgrade as Chesapeake Energy’s Snow Tubing continues in downtown Oklahoma City.
“It’s kind of like an amusement park; if it’s really crowded, you might only get to go down a few times, but if it’s not, you’ll have a chance to go over and over again,” said Alex Freedman, director of media relations for the Oklahoma City Dodgers.
As part of Oklahoma City’s Downtown in December festivities, snow tubing is held at Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and features a 150-foot slope that runs from the bottom of the upper deck all the way to second base. Roughly 25,000 people attended the winter event last year.
While the slope will still have separate lanes for adult and children, additional lanes are being put in this year.
“Both slides [are] bigger this year,” Freedman said. “In the past, the regular slide had three lanes. It now has four with the safety lane in the middle, so it’s really like adding two lanes on that one.”
Previously the children’s slide had one lane, which is now widened to create an additional lane. The construction of the slope itself is a bit of an undertaking. Starting with covering the field, setting up the foundation and then finally firing up the machines to crank out the snow that covers the slide, Freedman said. The preparation can take several weeks before the sledding starts each year.
Tickets are $12 for a 90-minute session, which are scheduled every two hours starting at noon every day. As for the number of times you’ll be able to tube down the icy slide, Freedman said it can vary from day to day.
Crews constantly keep up with the slope throughout the day so tubers can have the same experience whether it is a sunny 60-degree day or one hovering around freezing. Potential visitors can also call before they make the trek to the ballpark to check for weather-related updates.
Snow tubing will be open for regular hours Friday through Jan. 4.
Riders must be 4 feet or taller to ride on the large slope. Riders under 4 feet must ride the smaller kids slope.
Tickets can be purchased at ticketmaster.com or the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark ticket office.
For more information on the snow tubing or any of the other events taking place as part of Downtown in December, visit downtownindecember.com.
Chesepeake Energy’s Snow Tubing
12 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark
2 S. Mickey Mantle Drive
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