2011 will start a new chapter in the history book of college baseball with the College World Series moving from historic Rosenblatt Stadium to new TD Ameritrade Park. While it will take many years for the new stadium to build up the tradition and memories that Rosenblatt gave us through the years, concluding with the finale, South Carolina winning its first CWS Championship with an 11th inning walk-off single. The new stadium will certainly provide us many classics over the 25 years the NCAA has committed to it.
ESPN also just announced it will expand its regular season college baseball coverage in 2011, with a seven-week SEC Thursday Night Baseball schedule on ESPNU. While it's still a ways away from the wall-to-wall coverage college football and basketball receive from the network, it's a good start from the No. 1 sports network. ESPN has done a wonderful job in covering the College World Series for years now, expanding over the past years to include the Regionals and Super Regionals, but regular season games have been very far and few in between.
The SEC is the perfect conference for ESPN to start with, as no other conference more consistently provides top-ranked teams, and no other conference provides the conference depth that allows the network to display a wide range of great baseball teams. Most importantly, however, no conference supports college baseball like the SEC. Nothing looks sillier then watching a sporting event on TV where the stadium can barely hold a thousand people or where no one is even at the game. The SEC, full of the top stadiums in the country, which are packed week in and week out, will provide a great display of what college baseball should be throughout the country.
This year's SEC Thursday Night Baseball Schedule includes last year's national champion South Carolina and nine other Top 25 teams from last year.
Here is a look at the schedule.