Rosenblatt Stadium is no more. The south Omaha landmark came down early this morning. Earlier than some expected.
The demolition team set the explosive charges off several minutes earlier than planned.
Omaha has a long history of saving part of a building or landmark and re-incorporating that into the present day.
This arch in the Gene Leahy Mall is one example, the Medical Arts Building was imploded years ago and a part of that makes up the atrium at the First National Tower.
Rosenblatt Stadium is gone but it won't be forgotten, there are too many pieces of it scattered throughout the community.
Covered from every angle the demolition of Rosenblatt Stadium may be one of the most videotaped events in Omaha this year. For some it is one of the saddest.
Carol Sorensen says, "It went a little early, about four minutes early but pretty impressive and sad, sad to see it go."
The stadium is gone but some parts survived. The scoreboard, minus the crown, is now in use at Burke High. The Rosenblatt sign now welcomes customers to the Ticket Express at 90th and Center. The awnings were taken from the parking lot at the stadium and now shade the visitors to Youngman Lake in Elkhorn.
The Henry Doorly Zoo is also preserving some aspects of Rosenblatt.
Dennis Pate says, "We're going to create a place where memories about Rosenblatt can settle so you can go there and stand at home plate, see those yellow, red and blue seats and still feel a little bit like you were there when Rosenblatt was here."
These are the shots that draw the attention but in some more subtle ways Rosenblatt is woven into the fabric of the community.
Hundreds of people also managed to buy a piece of Rosenblatt for themselves.
Auctions at the stadium included seats, signs and lockers; virtually everything inside the building went to the highest bidder.