The Oklahoma City Nationals Drag Boat Races began in 2005 as the Ozarka Bricktown Nationals. The event quickly turned into one of the more popular summer attractions but was mired in controversy when canceled in 2007 without refunds. Promoters vowed to honor tickets the following year but no event was held in 2008. Finally, the event returned in 2009. Running in September, the Oklahoma City Nationals Drag Boat Races include classes of racers from the United States and Canada, a kid's play area and plenty of concessions. It's an awe-inspiring event for the entire family in Oklahoma City.
The event is held near the Boathouse District along the Oklahoma River
south of Bricktown. Spectator viewing areas are just east of the Devon Boathouse on the north shore.
Free public parking for the event is available just east of Lincoln Boulevard on the north side of the river.
Ozarka Bricktown Nationals Controversy:
The 2007 edition, an official Centennial event, was scheduled to run from July 13th through the 15th. Due to debris in the water and swift currents, the event was canceled for safety reasons. Organizers, instead of offering refunds to ticket-buyers, said they would honor tickets at the 2008 event.
The 2008 Bricktown Nationals event was also canceled, this time due to the construction on I-40. Organizers still did not offer refunds for the 2007 event, and many, including the Mayor's office, were displeased.
The rebranded event returned in 2009 and organizers did, in fact, honor wristbands from the canceled 2007 races.
2013 Oklahoma City Nationals (Rescheduled):
Called the Oklahoma City Nationals Drag Boat Races since its return in 2009, this year's event was scheduled for September 20-22. However, it has been rescheduled for June 6-8, 2014
Tickets for the Oklahoma City Nationals events are $20. Children under the age of 13 are free with paid adult. Three-day passes are available for $40 and two-day (Saturday and Sunday) passes are $30.
Purchase tickets online
, at Homeland stores or by calling (800) 745-3000.
Food and Fun:
In addition to watching the races, past events have included a "Kid Zone" play area on the south bank, and concessions will provide plenty of food and drinks.
Rules and Information:
Pets, bottles, ice chests, outside alcohol and unauthorized motor vehicles are not allowed. Canopies and pop-ups are allowed on the south bank of the river.