A sale of memorabilia from Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium, the former home of the College World Series and the Omaha Royals (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League), to benefit the Omaha Zoo Foundation’s Infield at the Zoo Legacy Project was deemed a success by organizers.
More than 160 on-site bidders attended the June 23 live auction at the ballpark, with an additional 941 accepted online bidders. Omaha-based Auction Solutions served as auctioneers for the live auction.
“We are thrilled with the bidding activity in this auction,” said Calvin Sisson, Executive Director of the Omaha Zoo Foundation. “It was fun to watch fans from across the country take ownership of memorabilia from this iconic stadium, while supporting a noteworthy cause. The money raised in this auction puts us one more step closer to reaching our fundraising goal for the Infield at the Zoo Legacy Project.”
Everything from wooden stadium seats to signage, home plate and even the last flag to fly over the stadium sold at auction. Fans from across the country bid in person and online to own a piece of baseball history. In all, the auction experienced 60 percent online sell-through, with more than 65 percent of all bids coming in from the Internet, and more than 51 percent of all items in the auction sold to online bidders.
It will be interesting to see if any of this ends up in other ballparks; we know some of the seats will end up at Werner Park, home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (Class AAA; Pacific Coast League).
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