One of the most storied ballparks in baseball is coming down, but you can own a piece of Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium, the former home of the College World Series and the Omaha Royals (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), as the Omaha Zoo Foundation is launching an auction to sell Rosenblatt Stadium memorabilia.
The live auction, presented by Auction Solutions, will take place on Thursday, June 23 at 9 a.m. CDT on the southwest side of Rosenblatt Stadium. Live online bidding provided exclusively by Proxibid will commence at that time. Auction registration and pre-bidding are already available via www.rosenblattauction.com (launching June 14) or www.proxibid.com/rosenblatt. All proceeds will benefit Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Infield at the Zoo Legacy Project, which will immortalize the history of the Crown Jewel of college baseball. (Here’s information on how the ballpark site will be used by the Zoo.)
Rosenblatt Stadium opened in 1948, serving as home to the O-Royals for the team’s entire history (1969-2010) and the College World Series for 60 years.
“Rosenblatt Stadium is a sports icon in itself,” said Calvin Sisson, Executive Director of the Omaha Zoo Foundation. “We are thrilled to be able to share the stadium memorabilia with baseball and College World Series fans from across the country. Online bidding on Proxibid makes it possible for all fans from both near and far to own a true piece of Americana. All proceeds from this auction will benefit the Infield at the Zoo Legacy Project, a project that will create a beautiful outdoor public space to be enjoyed by future generations.”
There’s a wide variety of items available for bid: 900+ lots of memorabilia, including dugout seats, signage, bases, players’ lockers and more will cross the auction block during this auction.
Pre-registration for the live auction will be available on Wednesday, June 22, 2011 from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 p.m. CDT at Rosenblatt Stadium. Online bidders can view the auction catalog, register to bid and place pre-bids by visiting www.rosenblattauction.com (launching June 14) or www.proxibid.com/rosenblatt.
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