|Location||12356 Ballpark Way
(Highway 370 & 126th St.)
|Operator||Omaha Storm Chasers|
6,434 permanent seats,
15 private suites,
and grass berm seating
|Field size||LF – 310 feet (94 m)
CF – 402 feet (123 m)
RF – 315 feet (96 m)
|Broke ground||August 12, 2009|
|Opened||April 11, 2011|
|Construction cost||$36 million
($37.7 million in 2014 dollars)
|General contractor||The Weitz Company|
|Omaha Storm Chasers (PCL) (2011- )
UNO Mavericks (NCAA) (2013- )
Werner Park is a minor league ballpark near Papillion, Nebraska, a suburb southwest of Omaha. Opened in 2011, it is owned by Sarpy County and is the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers (formerly Royals) of the Pacific Coast League. The club moved from Rosenblatt Stadium in south Omaha (in Douglas County) into Werner Park on December 17, 2010. Beginning in 2013, the Nebraska–Omaha Mavericks will use the venue for some home college baseball games. The ballpark cost $36 million to construct and is located near 126th Street and Highway 370, less than three miles (5 km) west of Papillion in unincorporated Sarpy County.
From 1969 through 2010, the Omaha Royals (Golden Spikes from 1998 to 2001) played at Rosenblatt Stadium. Every year, the Royals had to vacate the stadium for two weeks in late May or early June for the NCAA's College World Series, playing an extended road trip during this time. The Royals were also hobbled by Rosenblatt's size; at 23,000 seats in its final configuration, it was far too large for a Triple-A team; it had 5,000 more seats than the next-largest stadium, Buffalo's Coca-Cola Field. In hopes of providing a more intimate setting, capacity was reduced to around 8,500 for Royals games.
When the city of Omaha announced plans to build a new ballpark in downtown Omaha for the CWS, TD Ameritrade Park, original plans called for it to be reduced to around 12,000 for Royals games. However, the Royals opted instead to build their own park elsewhere with a smaller seating capacity. The separate parks allow the Storm Chasers to play at home during the CWS.
Groundbreaking took place August 12, 2009, and on November 11, 2010, the Storm Chasers announced they had reached an agreement with Omaha-based transportation company and longtime sponsor Werner Enterprises for the ballpark's naming rights. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.
The stadium's first event was a rivalry high school game on April 11, 2011, between Papillion's two high schools, Papillion South and Papillion-LaVista; the South Titans won, 2–0, over the Monarchs. The Storm Chasers opened the ballpark five days later on April 16 with a 2–1 victory over the Nashville Sounds, as top prospect Eric Hosmer went 3-for-3 in the victory.
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- Official website
- Omaha Storm Chasers: official site
- Nebraska-Omaha Mavericks baseball: official site
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