TD Ameritrade Stadium
The TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska is currently under construction. It is expected to become the home of the NCAA baseball College World Series through 2035 once construction is complete; the groundbreaking ceremony for the new ballpark was held on January 21, 2009. Originally slated to host the triple-A Omaha Royals baseball team as well, the proposed ball field was deemed too large for the expected crowds, and the team has chosen an alternate location as its home. The TD Ameritrade Park will also serve as the home for the Creighton University baseball team.
Official groundbreaking ceremonies on the new TD Ameritrade Park took place on January 21, 2008; it is expected to open in April 2011, and will serve as the new home for the NCAA College World Series and the Creighton University baseball team. The NCAA has agreed to keep the College World Series in Omaha through 2035 as a result of the construction of this new ball field; currently, the NCAA event is held at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium. The triple-A franchise of the Kansas City Royals, the Omaha Royals baseball team, was originally scheduled to play their games at the TD Ameritrade Park as well, but the venue was deemed too large for the probable turnout, and the team is now expected to move its home field to Papillion.
The new facility will initially allow 24,000 people to attend sporting events, with the potential to expand to 35,000 if demand warrants it. It is expected to cost approximately $128 million and to take a little more than three years to build. TD Ameritrade purchased the naming rights for the stadium for a reported $20 million to be paid over 20 years, making it the most costly name purchase in recent years in the Omaha metropolitan area.