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TD Ameritrade Park Could Net Its First Profit This Year Due To Larger CWS Crowds
Published June 26, 2013
MISSING ROSENBLATT: In Raleigh, Luke DeCock wrote what was "once a showcase for the best of college baseball has become a grueling tableau of the worst of it thanks to Omaha’s new TD Ameritrade Park, where the wide-open spaces leave hitting and pitching trumped by bad defense." The ballpark was built with fences and power alleys "designed to contain the old ping-happy, ball-launching aluminum bats." The same season the venue opened, the NCAA "debuted a less-powerful bat that mimics its wooden counterpart." TD Ameritrade Park was "obsolete" before it ever hosted a CWS game. It is a "beautiful ballpark, but it’s bad for college baseball." The venue's dimensions are "better fitted for a national park than a ballpark." Univ. of North Carolina OF Chaz Frank said, "To make it more interesting for the fans, it'd probably be cooler to move the wall in. But they probably won’t do that." Going into the finals, there were "a total of three home runs hit in 12 games" (Raleigh NEWS & OBSERVER, 6/25).