This weekend, Werner Park in Papillion hosted the seasons first set of baseball games at the new Papillion park. Now this week, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha opens to the public, giving us the first look inside the new facility.
This stadium, all projected $131 M of it will be put on display tonight as baseball fans filter through these gates for the first time. As for College World Series season ticket holders I spoke with, they are still excited for the series and to sit in their new seats for the first time.
With this ribbon cutting, the new era of baseball begins in downtown Omaha for Creighton and College World Series baseball fans.
But for C.W.S. season ticket holder, Don Schneider, the new beginning of the annual summer baseball series, comes with some questions. Don Schneider says, "I could walk into Rosenblatt with my eyes close, go to section P, straight up from the third baseline and our family and friends all knew where our seats were, people would look for us, our family and friends would look for us, we actually just found out yesterday, that it was kind of in limbo where our seats were until yesterday.”
Don says he like other season ticket holders were sent a letter explaining how their seats were transferred from Rosenblatt to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, hopefully about the same spot.
Don says, “We’re in section 121, about row 33, it’s about the same, but a little bit further down from the third baseline.”
MECA and C.W.S. leaders open the park today and say locking in the C.W.S. in Omaha for 25 years with this stadium is something they've been looking forward to. Jim Vokal says, “This is a great day for Omaha, locking in the College World Series for 25 Years, the stadium is incredible, the people of Omaha, the citizens of Omaha, and everyone around the country, they are all going to find out what jewel this stadium is.”
Don, well he's just ready for baseball and says, “As long as they keep that atmosphere great outside the park, clearly they’ve done a great job inside the park, already.”
Creighton University Athletics is hosting the open house which runs from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Parking for the event is free. Visitors can park in Lots B, C and D at the Qwest Center complex.
On its website Creighton also notes that fans interested in buying season tickets for Creighton’s 12 scheduled regular season baseball games at the venue in 2011 will find some prime locations still available.
Seats not yet sold as season tickets will be marked and available for purchase. Season tickets will be available at the following prices: $144 (adult reserved) and $80 (youth reserved), which also includes all-session tickets to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference Tournament in May.
Head coach Ed Servais and the Bluejays will be practicing at the venue during Monday's open house event from approximately 5:30 p.m. - 7:15 p.m.
Monday afternoon a special ribbon-cutting ceremony will be held at 2:30. That event is free to the public and will take place on the Northwest corner of the stadium, near the intersection of 13th & Cuming Streets.
The first official game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is scheduled for Tuesday, April 19th, when Creighton hosts Nebraska.