Fans Pick up Keepsakes at Rosenblatt Stadium
A Last Chance for Some to See the Cherished Place
A steady stream of people have been coming to Rosenblatt to pick up chairs and to say goodbye to the stadium. Video by kmtv.comvideo
Omaha, NE--The sound of drilling could be heard all around Rosenblatt Stadium as people worked with wrenches and tried to free their seats so they could go to their new homes.
Since Tuesday, it's been a steady stream of people picking up the sold seats and loading them into SUVs and pick-ups.
Buyers can't help but take a last look at a place that holds so many memories.
"There's so many good ball games played here and I've been watching since I was a little kid," remarked Kevin Floyd who is visiting from South Carolina. "Taking home a little piece of it means a lot and it will be good to hand down to the kids when I'm gone."
Andy Longe recounted, "I came to games with my dad. I brought my kids. My son is five; he came before he was one." He plans to take his set of seats and keep them in his basement with other College World Series memorabilia.
Jim Nailon came to pick up chairs his wife wanted. "We have a nice place where they'll fit in, just a nice sitting area in the garden and the yellow will look nice and yellow is her mom's favorite color."
Nailon didn't just come to Rosenblatt as a spectator, he even got to sing the Star Spangled Banner at a CWS game one year. He remembers the experience vividly. "I was nervous. I don't get nervous singing in front of a lot of people but that time I got nervous," he recounted.
And for old times sake, he got up on the mound and sang it again. This time, there were no crowds, only a handful of seats, but he says he could still feel the excitement in the air.
He also reflected, "I'll be the last person to sing the national anthem at Rosenblatt." Another nice memory to add to his collection as he got in his car to leave. "We'll put these seats in a good place. They'll have a nice retirement."
And with that, Nailon, drove off to put the seats in their new field of dreams.