The Omaha Zoo Foundation announced Monday that will hold an auction to sell memorabilia items from the College World Series stadium, allowing the public to own a part of the Rosenblatt legacy. The Foundation took ownership of Rosenblatt Stadium on June 9.
The live auction will take place Thursday, June 23 but collectors will be able to participate online. 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.
Rosenblatt Stadium opened in 1948 and has been host to several minor league baseball teams, most recently the Omaha Royals, which played at Rosenblatt from 1969-2010. Most notably, Rosenblatt Stadium was home to the College World Series for 60 years. The final CWS game at Rosenblatt was played on June 29, 2010.
“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.”
In all, more than 900 lots of memorabilia, including dugout seats, signage, bases, players’ lockers and more will cross the auction block during this auction. Things like the stadium's plumbing fixtures and other infrastructure will make up the bulk of the sale, however.
“Bringing this auction of Rosenblatt Stadium memorabilia to online global bidders is a terrific honor for the Proxibid team,” said Ryan Downs, President of Proxibid.
Pre-registration for the live College World series stadium 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.