Rosenblatt Stadium to be Demolished
The College World Series is in its second year at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, but for years before then, the home was Rosenblatt Stadium.
The last time the hogs were in the College World Series Rosenblatt Stadium was packed with fans, but now it’s empty.
“Just thinking of who all’s played here over the years and stuff like that. It’s crazy,” said Matt Farmer.
What was once the crown jewel of college baseball is now riddled with weeds and scheduled for demolition next month, but Rosenblatt still holds a special place in the hearts of the Razorbacks, both current and former players.
“I was sad to see Rosenblatt go, because all the times I came here as a little kid, was at Rosenblatt watching Cal State-Fullerton, and it was a fun time. I couldn’t wait to get an opportunity to hopefully come here to play at the college level,” said Dominic Ficociello.
“It’s just a little bit different because they’re not playing at Rosenblatt,” said Rod Stillwell. “I was hoping to get back up here when they were playing at Rosenblatt, but things just never happened. It’s a beautiful stadium. It’s kind of more professional-like, I guess. But it doesn’t have that tradition yet.”
After being closed to the public last year, the first College World Series at TD Ameritrade Park, Rosenblatt has seen her doors open again, one final time, thanks to the Omaha Zoo Foundation. It will allow fans like Fayetteville’s Matt Farmer and Craig Depew to come pay their last respects.
“Just watching on TV every year, then to say you’re actually standing on home plate in pretty cool,” said Farmer
“I was a minute ago looking at the dugout picturing our team there, just in that dugout a few years ago,” said Craig Depew
2009. That year, the Hogs won their first CWS game since Rod Stilwell was playing shortstop in 1989.
“What I think of is Eibner’s home run against Virginia three years ago in extra innings to win and keep up alive,” said Depew
“So the doors will soon close forever. It’s an ending of an era in the truest sense of the word. But even though Rosenblatt may be gone, the memories live on forever.
Home plate and two foul poles will be preserved as the “Infield at the Omaha Zoo” after the stadium is torn down this July.