TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

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TD Ameritrade Park Omaha
Location 1200 Mike Fahey Street
Omaha, Nebraska 68102
Coordinates 41°16′00″N 95°55′52″W / 41.2666667°N 95.93111°W / 41.2666667; -95.93111
Broke ground January 21, 2009 [1]
Opened April 18, 2011 (Open House)
Owner City of Omaha
Operator Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority
Surface Kentucky Blue Grass
Construction cost $131 Million
($131 million in 2011 dollars[2])
Architect HDR Inc., DLR Group, and Populous
Project Manager Kiewit Corporation
Capacity 24,505 (expandable to 35,000) Largest Crowd = 26,271 (2011 CWS Championship Game 2) [3]
Field dimensions Left Field Line335 feet (102 m)
Left-Center Power Alley375 feet (114 m)
Center Field408 feet (124 m)
Right-Center Power Alley375 feet (114 m)
Right Field Line -335 feet (102 m) [3]
College World Series
Creighton Bluejays
Omaha Nighthawks
Red Sky Music Festival

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha[4] is a baseball park in Omaha, Nebraska. It became the home field of the College World Series after the NCAA signed an agreement to keep the CWS in Omaha until at least 2035 if the ballpark was built. "The Trade," as the park is sometimes called, is also the home of the Omaha Nighthawks of the UFL. In the spring, TD Ameritrade Park is used as the home field for Creighton University Bluejays Baseball and hosts the Missouri Valley Conference baseball tournament.

TD Ameritrade Park has a capacity of 24,000 people, with the ability to expand to 35,000 spectators.[5] The ballpark was expected to cost $128 million[6] to construct and is located near the CenturyLink Center Omaha.

Attempts have recently been made to bring a professional baseball team to TD Ameritrade Park, but legal troubles have prevented this from occurring any earlier than 2013.[7]



Groundbreaking for TD Ameritrade Park occurred January 21, 2009.[6] It was announced on June 8, 2009 that TD Ameritrade, a company based in Omaha, will carry the naming rights for the new stadium.[8] The official announcement came from TD Ameritrade's Chief Executive Officer Fred Tomczyk on June 10, 2009.[9]

On April 15, 2010, it was announced that the Omaha Nighthawks, Omaha's team in the United Football League, will play their first season in Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium and then move to TD Ameritrade for 2011 and beyond. The football gridiron will be laid along a line extending from home plate down the first base line into right field. [10] On December 15, 2010 it was announced that TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will host a 6-day, multi-genre, music festival in July called Red Sky Music Festival. It will host concerts all day in the parking lots of Qwest Center Omaha (soon to be CenturyLink Center) and TD Ameritrade Park. Each night there will be a main concert held inside TD Ameritrade Park Omaha and Qwest Center Omaha.

The original Hammond organ from Rosenblatt Stadium has been restored and will be used during games at TD Ameritrade, although musician Lambert Bartak (since retired) will not be the organist. [11]

The new stadium opened April 19th, 2011 with a game between Creighton and Nebraska. TD Ameritrade Park replaced Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium as the home of the CWS.

First Game

The first game was played on April 19 between the Nebraska Cornhuskers and the Creighton Bluejays. The ceremonial first pitch was thrown out by TD Ameritrade CEO Fred Tomczyk. It was a game of many firsts for the park including first Balk and first hamster races. The Cornhuskers defeated the Bluejays by a score of 2–1, In front of a paid attendance of just over 22,000 (A sellout) and a scanned attendance of just over 18,000, making it the most attended game of the collegiate season.[12]

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