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TD Ameritrade Park to host hockey games next winter

TD Ameritrade Park

TD Ameritrade Park, home of the College World Series, will be hosting at least two college and developmental junior hockey games next winter.

At a press conference today, the Omaha Sports Commission and the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority (MECA) — which runs the ballparkare expected to announce two high-profile games at the downtown ballpark: University of Nebraska-Omaha will be hosting the University of North Dakota in a WCHA tilt, while the Omaha Lancers will be hosting the Lincoln Stars in a USHL showdown. 

We’ve been covering hockey at ballparks pretty extensively recently. Overall, it’s been a pretty good financial strategy to throw down a hockey arena in a ballpark and then bring in high-profile teams as a draw: for example, the economic impact of Frozen Fenway, the winter extravaganza in Boston, was a cool $28.8 million. While we’re pretty sure a few games at TD Ameritrade Park won’t have the same impact, hosting hockey games at the 24,000-capacity facility is a pretty shrewd move on the part of MECA and the sports commission.

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