George Brett, Bob Gibson and Warren Buffett were among the dignitaries on hand for the groundbreaking on a new Omaha Royals ballpark in suburban Sarpy County.
With some controversy still surrounding a new Omaha Royals (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League) ballpark in suburban Sarpy County, the team brought in the big guns for the groundbreaking: former Cardinals great Bob Gibson, former Royals great George Brett and one of the richest men in America — and an O-Royals owner — Warren Buffett.
In fact, it was Buffett who gave the strongest endorsement to the $25 million ballpark project, saying it will provide a better baseball experience for O-Royals fans than they'd have in the downtown College World Series ballpark. That's a ringing endorsement, considering Buffett's support of the downtown facility; he even donated the money to eventually tear down Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium once the new facilities open.
True, the new ballpark is not totally a done deal: the county is still looking at 15 or so revenue sources to fund the development and will probably seek legislative approval next year for some of them. But for now it's all systems go.
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