TD Ameritrade Park opened in 2011 and plays host to the College World Series every June. The park is also host to Creighton Bluejays baseball and the Omaha Nighthawks of the United Football League.
TD Ameritrade Park replaced Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha. Rosenblatt Stadium had been host to the College World Series from 1950 until hosting its’ final CWS in 2010. Located near downtown Omaha, the stadium just set a new attendance record of 27,127 for the Mississippi St. vs. UCLA game on June 25, 2013. The stadium’s dimensions (335’ down the lines, 375’ to the alleys, and 408’ to center) make it a tough place to hit the ball out of the park.
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The park offers a great variety of food and you would be hard pressed to not find something that appeals to you. One of the featured items is the Midwest Monster ($13.00). This burger comes with two Angus patties, pulled pork, bacon, siracha mayonnaise, and fried onions.
In the right field corner is a Famous Dave's BBQ tent. I went with the pulled pork nachos which were outstanding ($8.00). Rib tips ($9.00), chicken ($7.00), and other various BBQ dishes are available.
Omaha Steaks have their own tent in center field. Various meat plates are available from the cheeseburger ($6.50) up to the ribeye steak sandwich ($9.00).
The mex and mess dog ($6.50) appear popular. The dog is topped with bacon, pinto beans, and avocado cream.
In addition to your ballpark basics, gyros ($8.00), chicken pitas ($8.00), stir fry noodles with chicken ($10.00), and wraps ($8.00) are readily available.
A nice feature here is some gluten-free items including a gluten-free hot dog ($5.00).
Pepsi products are featured for $3.50 or $4.75 for a souvenir cup. Gatorade and bottled water are $4.00 and coffee or hot chocolate can be had for $2.00. No alcoholic beverages are sold on the premises.
TD Ameritrade Park is electric during the College World Series. The majority of "entertainment" options are outside the park and inside is all about baseball. There isn't a bad seat to be had anywhere in the stadium. The majority of the stadium is chair back seating although there are bench style seats in the outfield which should be avoided if possible (more on that later). The stadium seats are comfortable at 21 inches wide and the 36 inches between rows is a welcome relief for those of us that are tall.
A high quality video/scoreboard is in right field and easily seen from throughout the stadium unless you are sitting below it. The field is easily seen throughout the concourse and there are televisions in the concourse if you get stuck in a line for food. The concourse runs all the way around the field so whichever of the four entrances you choose, your seats will be easily accessible.
There are plenty of places to eat/drink and stay all within walking distance of the park. Directly across Mike Fahey Street is Blatt Beer & Table. Blatt's has a rooftop beer garden where, if you are early enough, you can get up to the rooftop and see some of the game ala the famous rooftops at Wrigley Field. The extensive beer list is impressive and definitely makes it worth a stop.
Goodnights Pizza is also across the street. Much like Blatt's, the place is jammed during the CWS but the staff does a great job of getting customers served as quickly as possible. The barbecue chicken pizza is quite tasty and the outdoor patio is nice when out of the sunlight. Another place to have a drink or meal before or after the game is The Old Mattress Factory Bar & Grill. "The Matt" is very popular with the locals and more than one fan suggested that was "the" place to go.
If you want to stay near the park, there are options but, BOOK EARLY! Directly across Cuming Street, near 13th are the Hampton Inn and Homewood Suites. These two hotels along with the Holiday Inn and Fairfield Inn go very quickly so finding a place to stay near the stadium is a tough go if you wait until June. Omaha has all the typical hotel chains further out but most are near the interstate and you won't be looking at an extended drive time if you stay further out.
A certain segment of fans are local baseball fans there to watch the action and enjoy baseball. The majority of fans however, have traveled to see their team so the game is the main event of their being in Omaha. As such, the fans are into the game from the first pitch. Fight songs are not uncommon, roars go up when something good happens on either side, umpires catch heat on close calls, and even routine outs sometimes generate a response. The fans ramp up the atmosphere even more when the game is an elimination game for one or both teams. Games can become akin to a college football atmosphere as far as passion of the fans goes.
The stadium is located just north of I-480 and easily accessible. Parking around the stadium is $10 and fills up quickly, especially on weekends with non-baseball fans coming to see the area. As the park is located near downtown, there is plenty of parking a little farther out and there are buses that run specifically for the College World Series. Parking farther out and bussing is not a bad option.
Inside the stadium, the concourses are wide but when the stadium is full, there is the expected slowdown in getting around. Restrooms are adequate. There is plenty of handicapped seating around the entire stadium so whether you desire outfield seats or a specific baseline, there are seats in every area.
Attending the College World Series is a little bit of an investment. Parking is $10. General admission tickets can be had for about $10 but they are a risky proposition. A general admission tickets will get you in to a group of sections (125-136) in the outfield. The problem is the seating is limited to 5,500. General admission tickets don't have a specific date on them so you could potentially show up to the game and not have a seat. At that point, you will stand in a line and when one fan leaves, another fan enters and so forth. Reserved seating tickets start around $30 a seat but are worth not having the hassle of wondering if you will have a place to sit. This event, however, makes the cost well worth it.
The decorative reserved tickets are a nice touch. They don't have the specific teams that are playing but that would be impossible to do as this is a tournament style event.
The CWS Fan Fest is a lot of fun. John Smoltz, Ivan Rodriguez, and others were signing autographs. There is plenty to do as they close off a street and have numerous different options of foods/drinks to try and other attractions. There was even a lacrosse cage for people to try their hand at that sport.
Extra stars for the simply electric atmosphere in the stadium. It is a must for all sports fans.
Attending the College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park will cost you a few bucks. The pricing is more in line with professional baseball as opposed to college. However, the CWS is a major event and Omaha does a fantastic job with it. TD Ameritrade Park is a nice park that serves the purpose it was built for. It houses rabid fans cheering for their respective teams. For anyone who is a fan of sport in general, put TD Ameritrade Park on your "to do" list during June. You won't be disappointed.
Located in beautiful downtown Omaha, adjacent to hotels, restaurants and coffee houses, TD Ameritrade Park provides a professional baseball atmosphere for college baseball, except minus the drunken fools you find stumbling around most MLB ballparks. The park replaces beloved Rosenblatt Stadium as the home of the College World Series, and is also the home of Creighton Blue Jays baseball.
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