Omaha honored the retired NCAA administrator who helped forge a long-term agreement to keep the College World Series in the city by dedicating Dennis Poppe Plaza on the southwest side of TD Ameritrade Park Friday morning.
Mayor Jean Stothert and four former mayors attended the ceremony.
Poppe retired as vice president of championships and alliances in January after 39 years with the NCAA. He ran the College World Series from 1987 to 2013 as the tournament grew into a major national event.
“This is a little unusual talking about myself and this is an emotional time and it means a lot,” said Poppe. “What you have done today for me and my family, we've always felt like Omaha was our second home and that really makes this especially meaningful.”
The 66-year-old Poppe, who lives in Indianapolis, said it's humbling to have the plaza named for him. He is credited with helping secure a contract that keeps the CWS in the city through 2035.
This year's College World Series begins a week from Saturday.