TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Prepares for a Grand Opening

Jacob MeisterContributor IApril 19, 2011

The College World Series' New Home
The College World Series' New Home

Omaha's new crown jewel has been finished and is a mere 24 hours from its grand opening.  

The Creighton Bluejays will take on the Nebraska Cornhuskers in front of a crowd of 24,000 Tuesday night in what will prove to be a historic event for Omaha and college baseball.  

TD Ameritrade Park is a $131 million baseball stadium located in North Downtown Omaha, Nebraska that will be home to the College World Series for the next 25 years.  

There was a lively debate in the city over whether to overhaul historic Rosenblatt Stadium or to invest in the future of the CWS at a new location in a new stadium.  

Obviously the new stadium that seats 24,000 and is expandable to 35,000 was chosen to secure Omaha's marquee event for the next quarter-century.

This stadium does not have a main tenant, but will be used for a multitude of events in its inaugural year alone.  Creighton will play the remainder of their home games at the stadium as well as the 2011 Missouri Valley baseball tournament.  

The Red Sky Music Festival will have this place rocking for six straight days in late July as well.  Come fall the Omaha Nighthawks,a UFL franchise, will no doubt continue to average over 20,000 a game at the stadium.  

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That is not even to mention the spectacle that is the College World Series.

In a massive show of support by this community, this game sold all of its available tickets in just four hours!  

It is tough to think of a more fitting way to ring in the new stadium than with a sold-out crowd.