The TD Ameritrade Park was built just a few years ago to house events like the College World Series, Red Sky Musical Festival, and Nighthawks Football.
Businesses have sprouted up around the area, looking to cash in on crowds of people.
Eryn Wisdom just opened her store “Wag” last year. She says, “The North downtown area here is still growing and I think a lot of it is event driven, whether it’s a sporting event or a concert or anything. It’s good when we have people walking by and seeing our names.”
Wisdom says business has been good so far, but she was surprised when she heard of some recent event cancellations at the TD Ameritrade Park.
“It’s a little disappointing to hear, because you feel like there will be less traffic in the area,” says Wisdom.
TD Ameritrade Park officials say they are always working hard to try and book events. They say despite the loss of the Red Sky Music Festival and UFL for now, they do have other events planned.
Restaurants in the area like “Blatt Beer & Table” say that’s just what they’re hoping for.
“Hopefully they can bring in a couple other concerts and that will just make up for it throughout the year,” says Anthony Hitchcock.
Hitchock is the Director of Operations for Flagship Restaurant Group. He says he doesn’t expect the cancellations to make or break the business, but as far as if it was worth the cost of building the park, Hitchcock says, “To date probably not, but I think just being optimistic, it will justify itself.”
There are quite a few events still planned for the downtown park over the next year. Among them Creighton baseball, Mutual of Omaha Battle on the Ice, NCAA Men’s College World Series, and the TD Ameritrade College Homerun Derby.