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Ballpark in Bricktown changing name again

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OKLAHOMA CITY -- The Oklahoma City RedHawks will rename the Bricktown ballpark, again.

The team and the Chickasaw Nation announced Thursday that the stadium will now be called the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark and not Newcastle Casino Field.

Governor of the Chickasaw Nation, Bill Anoatubby, said, "The Chickasaw Nation is pleased to continue its partnership in the Oklahoma City Community and sponsorship of RedHawks baseball with the naming of the ballpark at Bricktown."

But there were some concern about naming the downtown diamond after a casino.

"Out of consideration for the expressed concerns of Oklahoma City citizens, we have decided to revisit the name," Anoatubby said. "We recognize and honor the vaulted place the stadium enjoys in Oklahoma City and so we are pleased to announce the new name to be Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark."

Some fans and residents were upset that the ballpark would be called Newcastle Casino Field.

Critics say it promoted gambling.

They also didn't want the Oklahoma City stadium to be named after another city.

"Our intention from the start was that we wanted this partnership to be positive for the city, positive for the franchise and positive for the Chickasaw Nation so we wanted to make sure this was reflective of that," Michael Byrnes said, RedHawks general manager.