Chronological Tour: Stop 358

Chasing a Storm South of Omaha

Home plate entrance to Werner Park, Sep-2011.

A look at the seating bowl from the seats beyond left field.

The park is off on the west end of town in a newly developed area.

Quick Facts: Rating: 3 baseballs

The Omaha team in the Pacific Coast League had long been seeking a better deal than what they had at expansive Rosenblatt Stadium. When the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority agreed to build a new stadium for the College World Series, the Omaha Royals moved down to Sarpy County, to this new facility west of Papillion that is sponsored by a trucking company whose semi-trailers are seen nationwide. At the same time, the club rebranded itself as the Storm Chasers, commemorating their location in an area with frequent tornadoes.

The park is quite handsome, with two separate double-deck suite sections as well as the press box and a wrap-around concourse. I found that they missed a few things, though. For one, the seats down the base lines prior to the outfield bend face the base line rather than the plate. That makes life difficult for those spectators. Second, there is no auxiliary scoreboard, so fans out on the berm or down the left-field line have to twist their necks to see the game information on the main board. Finally, the park is severely lacking in efficient access and egress. There are plenty of parking spaces, but only two roads into the lot, both off Highway 370. This may be rectified in the next season or two.

Game # Date League Level Result
1163 Thu 1-Sep-2011 Pacific Coast AAA Round Rock 9, OMAHA 4
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