Those travelling to Omaha this year for the College World Series who may also be looking for a bit of nostalgia are in luck. If you know where to look, there are pieces of history, specifically of Rosenblatt Stadium, scattered throughout the Omaha metro.
Starting with the most notable and probably most noticeable, fans can pay a visit to the former site of the iconic stadium to see "Infield At The Zoo." It's a tiny baseball park built from random parts of the original stadium, including the original black sign that faced Interstate 80 and greeted visitors who arrived from the east.
There, adults and children alike can sit in original Rosenblatt seats and run a miniature basepath that coincides with the original placement of Rosenblatt's foul poles, which still stand.
Perhaps most intriguing about the park is the preservation of the original location of home plate, which is honored and recognized with a bronze home plate-shaped plaque. Fans can stand next to the plate in batter's boxes like thousands of college and minor league players once did and imagine what it was like to dig in for an at-bat.
Another iconic piece of Rosenblatt Stadium readily available for public viewing is the red "Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium" sign that once adorned the press box. It can now be found at 9001 Arbor St., one block north of 90th Street and West Center Road at the main offices of Ticket Express, a premier ticket broker in the area. Ticket Express purchased it at an auction in 2011 along with several other items for a combined $21,000.
For those willing to leave the state, neighboring Council Bluffs, Iowa is now the home of the outfield bleachers that made up the general admission section of the old stadium. They were installed at St. Albert Catholic High School's Al Leber field in the Spring of 2012.
Of course, the one landmark that made its way from the old Rosenblatt Stadium location to the new location of the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park is the iconic "Road to Omaha" sculpture, which still serves as a popular backdrop for that obligatory souvenir photograph.
The bottom line is that the history of one of America's greatest sporting events and one of its most iconic venues has been preserved as best as possible by people in the area that understand the meaning and importance of doing so.
I would encourage all who visit Omaha for the College World Series to visit these new landmarks as a way to pay homage to the history of the series and stadium as well as the efforts made to preserve their historical significance.
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