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TD Ameritrade Park to host hockey games next winter

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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 ballpark -- are 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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