The United Football League is making an announcement on Thursday that is expected to announce an Omaha franchise for the fledging league. If that does become a reality, the team would probably play five or six games at the under construction T-D Ameritrade ball park that is located across from the Qwest Center, downtown Omaha. Trenton Magid is president of Coldwell Banker Commercial World Group and says this development could bring economic opportunities to the area. He says the new stadium needs to be used as much as possible.
“It is so important to fill those days. Just like a hotel, those are empty room nights. You need to fill those nights.” Magid says using the new ballpark for a two week period during the summer for the College World Series just isn’t enough. “If T-D Ameritrade Park doesn’t have anything more than the College World Series, those are empty room nights. You need to fill those nights.”
Magid says this is a case of “the more the merrier” because when the venue is packed, businesses nearby will benefit. “Complementary restaurant reservations, entertainment. All kinds of businesses thrive when the anchor is filled with an event.” Creighton University is scheduled to play a limited number of baseball games next year and a 25-game schedule in 2012. This ballpark replaces Rosenblatt Stadium. The Omaha Royals’ will be playing at a different stadium under construction in Sarpy County.