As many of you know, the CWS is no longer held in Rosenblatt Stadium, long the shrine of college baseball. Rosenblatt hosted the CWS since 1950 but, this year, the tradition has moved to the brand-new TD Ameritrade Park.
I’ve gotta say, I regret never seeing the CWS at Rosenblatt. That big, old park with its precarious press box had so much character. This new park is, well, new. Everything is nice. In keeping with the great hospitality, the park is incredibly fan friendly. There are lots of big entrances, huge concession stands and great seats from just about everywhere in the stadium (that we saw, anyway). Even when it’s jam-packed with people, like it was during the Texas/Florida game, it never feels overly stiffling.
More than just the setup is different, though. As opposed to Rosenblatt, which was more in the boonies of Omaha, TD Ameritrade is right on the edge of the downtown district. Coming from California, we were surprised by how swank this sector of town is. There are vegetarian friendly eateries, yuppie coffee shops and a clothing store that claimed to be couture. That’s all part of the plan, according to this article in the Omaha World-Herald.
But in an effort to be new and hip, I think they’ve lost a lot of the charm of Rosenblatt. TD Ameritrade is cold and sterile; it could really be any park anywhere. Hopefully with the years, history will adorn it with memories and character. But, for now, the show on the field — not the ambiance of the park — is what makes the CWS feel alive.
Katie Dowd is providing College World Series coverage for ridewithsilver.com