Gamecocks leave for Omaha; take a virtual tour of the new College World Series stadium
Thu, 16 Jun 2011 13:05:34 GMT —
COLUMBIA (WACH) -- The Gamecock baseball team departed downtown Columbia Thursday to defend their national championship at the College World Series in Omaha. After 60 years at historic Rosenblatt Stadium, this year the teams will face off in brand new TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha.More Information: Stadium Facts Stadium Layout Stadium Webcam
The new stadium features the same dimensions as Rosenblatt; 408 feet to center field and 335 feet down the baselines. TD Ameritrade Park seats more than 860 additional fans for games and provides an open concourse so fans won TMt miss any of the action, even while getting a snack.
The news stadium also has a 34x55 foot high-definition scoreboard so fans can see every detail of the game.
The dugouts are nearly twice the size of those at Rosenblatt, and the stadium is designed to hold four teams at once -- each with their own batting cage.TD Ameritrade Park
Rosenblatt Stadium may be a thing of the past, but if you TMre looking to own a piece of history, the Omaha Zoo Foundation has announced plans to auction off memorabilia from Rosenblatt.
The auction will take place June 23 at 8 a.m. If you won TMt be in Omaha to watch the Gamecocks, you can also take part in the auction online.
Proceeds from the auction will benefit Omaha TMs Henry Doorly Zoo Infield at the Zoo Legacy Project.
Gamecock fans have good reason to remember the stadium. In the final game played there on June 29, 2010, the Gamecocks defeated the UCLA Bruins. With that victory South Carolina won the NCAA Championship 2-1 in extra innings in the second game of the series to win their first baseball national title.
Every game of this year's tournament is televised. South Carolina's first game against Texas A&M is set for this Sunday at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.
All College World Series games will be televised on either ESPN or ESPN2 and will be available in high definition, according to the USC sports information office.
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