College World Series Memorabilia Part of Stadium Auction
The stadium that played home to the College World Series for 60 years is being demolished and the memorabilia is being sold at auction. Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium opened in 1948 in Omaha, Nebraska. In addition to the NCAA's College World Series, the park has housed a variety of minor league baseball teams. The stadium was also the 2010 home of the United Football League's Omaha Nighthawks and was awarded the 2010 UFL Championship game.
The auction will consist of over 900 lots and include such memorabilia as dugout seats, signs, bases and players' lockers. The auction begins on June 23rd and bids will be taken in-person at the stadium and online.
The Omaha Zoo Foundation is the new owner of the stadium. They plan to incorporate the land where the stadium is currently located into the zoo's attractions. Through the planned "Infield at the Zoo" project, the zoo hopes to honor the stadium and it's place in sports' history. The project will include the "preservation of the original location of home plate, re-creation of the base paths, re-use of the original stadium seats, preservation of key site lines within the original stadium, and integration of the dugouts."
This will mark the first season since 1949 that the College World Series will take place at another venue. The event will now be held at the nearby TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. The World Series begins on June 18th and runs until June 28th or 29th. Six of eight teams have been decided and include California, Florida, North Carolina, Texas, Vanderbilt and defending champs, South Carolina. The remaining two teams will be decided in games played tonight as UC Irvine takes on Virginia and Florida State plays Texas A&M.
Visit Rosenblatt Auction (launching June 14) or Proxibid for more information on the bidding or items. All proceeds will benefit the Infield at the Zoo Legacy Project.