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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City Redhawks are getting ready to kick off their 15th season in Bricktown. But before the season opener came a big announcement, a major change to the Bricktown field.

There has been a lot of work going at the ballpark.

There are new kiosks, brick exteriors added to the concession stands and new paint.

J.P. Shadrick, with the Redhawks, said, "We added beer ports everywhere."

As the Redhawks get ready to kick off their season, crews are putting the finishing touches on the stadium.

Redhawks General Manager Michael Byrnes said, "New signage, new menus and a lot of new equipment to help support that new menu."

Shadrick said, "We basically doubled our points of sale so that means fewer lines."

They will also have more food being cooked right in front of the customer.

With the changes comes a new partner.

Byrnes said, "The ballpark is so important to Bricktown and to Oklahoma City and to be able to have a partner to help us invest in the ballpark and the franchise is really important."

Wednesday the Oklahoma City Redhawks announced the Newcastle Casino is taking over the naming rights to the field.

Byrnes said, "They have a strong belief in baseball in Bricktown."

Jenny Cross, with Newcastle Casino, said, "I think our goal was to increase the awareness of both organizations entertainment value not only for baseball fans but for casino patrons."

Soon new, permanent signs will go up all around the stadium.

The last partnership expired in 2010, so this is an exciting day for the team, the casino and, they hope, the fans.

Byrnes said, "Partnerships like this continue to allow for long-term success of the ballpark."

The Redhawks will kick off their season opener Thursday at 7:05 p.m.