By Paul Fiarkoski
Top ten largest College World Series crowds in history:
- 30,553 – North Carolina vs. LSU, 6-20-08 (Rosenblatt)**
- 30,335 – North Carolina vs. Cal St. Fullerton & Oregon St. vs. Rice, 6-21-06 (Rosenblatt)*
- 29,921 – North Carolina vs. Rice & Oregon St. vs. UC Irvine, 6-21-06 (Rosenblatt)*
- 29,034 – North Carolina vs. Louisville & UC Irvine vs. Arizona St., 6-19-07 (Rosenblatt)*
- 28,216 – Texas vs. Georgia & South Carolina vs. Cal St. Fullerton, 6-23-04 (Rosenblatt)*
- 27,452 – Arizona St. vs. Florida & Texas vs. Baylor, 6-22-05 (Rosenblatt)*
- 27,127 – UCLA 8, Mississippi St. 0 No. 14 (Ch. 2) 6-25-13 (TD Ameritrade)**
- 27,122 -Indiana vs. Louisville, 6-15-13 (TD Ameritrade)
- 26,941 – Baylor vs. Oregon St. & Texas vs. Tulane, 6-20-05 (Rosenblatt)*
- 26,887 – Oregon St. vs. North Carolina, 6-23-07 (Rosenblatt)
*Doubleheader **Stadium record
The largest single-game crowd at Rosenblatt (30,553 on June 20, 2008) exceeded the largest crowd to date at TD Ameritrade (27,127 on June 15, 2013) by a 12.6% margin. The largest crowd at TD Ameritrade Park to date comes in at #7 on the all-time attendance list.
Why does this matter?
When talk of replacing Rosenblatt Stadium began to swirl in Omaha around 2007, the need for more seating was routinely cited as justification for a new stadium. At the end of the fifth year of play at TD Ameritrade Park, it would appear that perhaps the demand for more seating was overstated.
Looks like the City of Omaha could have saved its taxpayers about $130 million.
Source: ncaa.org as of June 22, 2015