Fair Meadows Undergoing Major Changes

The Tulsa, Oklahoma, track's 2017 season starts in June.

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Fair Meadows is undergoing a major rebuilding project. PHOTO: Mark Enterline/Fair Meadows

According to Debbie Schauf, executive director of the Oklahoma Quarter Horse Racing Association, the demolition project at Fair Meadows at Tulsa is now underway.

In a memo to racing media, Schauf said that during the past two years, the Tulsa Fairgrounds has demolished the south end grandstand and north end grandstand, and now the middle section of the grandstand is being removed before the Fair Meadows 2017 meet starts in June.

"The racing office, concession stands, and restrooms all stand along buildings under the big grandstand and they will remain and will receive new roofs as a part of the project," Schauf wrote. "There is an older skybox structure that was the press room then later served as a small restaurant or club room, and it will be renovated to house the stewards and photo finish equipment as a part of the project.

"The old betting windows that were on the apron will be removed; once the demolition is completed they will level, landscape, and roll in new grass then put picnic tables and bleachers down in front," she added. "It should be a lot nicer than the old grandstand. Tulsa County voters also approved a bond issue last fall that will pay for a new barn to be constructed which will also house the test barn and the jockey quarters in future years.  It willd replace the old jockey building and the old saddling paddock area that is presently used for haul-in stalls.

"The new barn is not expected to be completed until 2018, but the grandstand renovations will be completed in time for this years race meet at Fair Meadows," Schauf concluded.

Fair Meadows' 34-day meet will begin June 8 and will run four or five days per week until July 29.

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