Omaha Storm Chasers

Werner Park in Papillion, Nebraska, is the new home of the Omaha Storm Chasers, formerly known as the Omaha Royals, the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals in the Pacific Coast League.

Werner Park

 

Sarpy County helped fund the new park which is basically located in the middle of a bunch of fields. There is some suburban housing nearby, but even that's off in the distance. The plans call for future development to surround the new park.

A 6,500 seat facility, Werner Park is much more appropriately-sized for the minor league club than Rosenblatt Stadium was. As host of the College Baseball World Series, Rosenblatt's capacity had swelled to more than 23,000. Great for the College World Series. Not great for the minors where empty seats dominated the view. The College World Series is now played at a new downtown Omaha ballpark, TD Ameritrade Park.

Werner Park is spacious and includes plenty of room to roam, and plenty of room for kids to roam. A whiffle ball field, a basketball court, and a carousel, purchased from Universal Studios, are just some of the options. The great thing about the kiddie attractions, is that mom or dad are still close enough to the field to keep an eye on the baseball action.

The stadium is comprised of several small buildings. DLR Group architects Greg Garlock says the goal was to design a compound of buildings, much like the groups of buildings seen on Nebraska's farms. Group seating options are found throughout the park and in many different forms including a field level suite. Speaking of suites, the suite level...is actually..."levels." The suites are stacked meaning that the lower level suites are closer to the playing field than most that you'll find in minor league ballparks.

Werner Park is a fantastic new facility that feels intimate, but is spacious at the same time. While Rosenblatt is a historic stadium, the Storm Chasers are better served in a park that is designed for them. For 2011 there's not much atmosphere around the park other than dump trucks and bulldozers, but given a few years, the area should develop and the Werner Park experience will be complete.

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