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Rosenblatt Stadium: fan memories reflect the pain of loss

LSU fans 2009

LSU Tigers fans at the 2009 College World Series

Memories of Rosenblatt Stadium some fans have shared on the Rosenblatt Stadium fan page on Facebook:

Last year (2009) was the last CWS. This year is just a 10 day funeral. The city muckety mucks that perpetrated this fraudulent need for a new stadium will milk it as much as possible. The Corporate World Series has begun. Thanks for the memories, Johnny. I guess the right people weren’t making enough money. John F. Holdforth

We’ve been almost every year for the last 15 years with our 5 kids- to them it’s one of the best shows on earth! What’s not to love-college (not pro) baseball, great fans to watch, the zoo next door, nike town, and ZESTOS!!!! So sad when the “big boys” think they can make more money by changing things! Alna Parish

With Rosenblatt closed and the New TD Ameritrade opening, my heart is heavy. Too Many Memories, living on 13th Street for many years and then moving closer to the ballpark to 16th Street, we were always close to all the crowds that would park on the street and after game they would become a parade of people going to their cars and then dinners. It was a simplier time. Too bad money is the movitator to destroy a landmark and to build a ball park without memories of taking your kids and grand kids to the ball game. Your son or daughter working in the stands selling dogs for money to buy school clothes or save for their first car. I will miss Rosenblatt Stadium because of the Memories and the College World Series, the traffic and the SMILING FANS.  Kimberly Jane Peterson-Heier

Saw Arkansas lose to LSU in 2009. I felt overwhelmed by the magic that is Rosenblatt Stadium and wanted more. This past summer, I got to see Games 1 thru 6. Spent all day Sunday during the rain and got to see game 3. They played game 4 on Monday so since I had tickets for that game, I got tickets for games 5 & 6. I’m glad I discovered the CWS and Rosenblatt thanks to ESPN. I sure will miss the Diamond on the Hill. Mike Lustig

Jesse (Cuevas, groundskeeper) never knew who I was, but I looked for him each night – he was part of that park – one night the chicken or some mascot rode a four wheeler over a pitcher’s mound and I thought Jesse was going to lose it – it was a funny sight looking back! Erika Meldrum Harris

Share your memories below or on the Rosenblatt Stadium fan page on Facebook.


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2009: The last Great College World Series

Shortly before this writing Texas beat LSU in game two of the 2009 College World Series finals, settling the best of three series score at 1-1.  Tomorrow night one of these teams will celebrate their title as champions by engaging in the age old tradition of the dogpile.  No matter the outcome, College World Series fans will be treated to one more incredible experience that can be delivered at no place like Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium.  A year from now, one team will have won the right to exercise the final dogpile at Rosenblatt.

A week ago, I arose at 5:15 am to join the throngs of fans who have learned the only way to get a reserved seat during the College World Series is to get there early or to pay a premium.  I did it to make sure my kids got to experience Rosenblatt’s signature event.  We spent the entire week at Grandma’s house (three short blocks west of home plate) immersing ourselves in every aspect of the CWS experience.  Standing in lines, tailgating, Fan Fest, vendor tents, day games, night games, extra innings, box seats, obstructed seats, rain delays, intense heat, curly fries – we did it all.  Only time will tell whether or not the kids appreciated or not, but I will savor every moment forever.

Now a resident of Colorado, I grew up in South Omaha about a mile west of Rosenblatt and have attended dozens of ballgames, concerts, tractor pulls, etc. at the stadium.  Like so many others who have fallen in love with Rosenblatt over the years, I know that the end of the Rosenblatt era is going to come all too soon.  I know I’m not the only one who is still in disbelief that politics and money will reduce this relic of a stadium to dust a couple years from now.

For college baseball players and their fans, Omaha will still be the goal for years to come.  But for me, the College World Series just won’t have the allure once the Blatt is gone.

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