Does anyone think of the city and not think of the grandest stage for college baseball?
Since 2011, the CWS has been played at TD Ameritrade Park, but from 1950 until 2010 legendary Rosenblatt Stadium housed the collegiate finals. In 2009, Omaha announced a new 25-year contract extension to keep the CWS until 2035. That goes to show you how much the city, the fans, and many organizers think of this venue. It's truly the crème de la crème of college baseball.
Speaking of TD Ameritrade, let's take a look at a few stadium tidbits/specs:
- It has a capacity of 24,505, with the ability to expand to 35, 000. Record of largest attendance was G2 of the 2011 CWS when Florida defeated Texas, 8-4.
- It cost roughly 128 million to build, and turned a profit of $5.6 million in its first year of operation.
- It's the home to the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL, home field for the Creighton University Bluejays, it hosts the annual Red Sky Music Festival, and hosts the Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament. The Big Ten has also expressed interests in holding their conference tournament there.
- The surface is Kentucky Blue Grass. (OK?)
- TDA measures 334 feet down each foul line, 375 feet to the power alleys, and 408 feet to straightaway center field.
- President George W. Bush threw out the first ceremonial first pitch before the stadium's opening game between Vanderbilt and North Carolina in 2011.
Leave your comments below. We hope today's game is as exciting as the last two weeks have been for John Cohen's gritty Bulldogs.