Fans attending this yearâ€™s NCAAÂ® Menâ€™s College World SeriesÂ®
may notice something different about The Road to Omaha sculpture at the
Gate 1 entrance to TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. Lighting fixtures and
glass panels attached to the sculptureâ€™s concrete backsplash, as well as
a new spotlight, provide a new aesthetic to the iconic symbol of the
Menâ€™s College World Series.
â€œThe lighting is synchronized to provide an alternating spectrum of colors behind the sculpture,â€ according to Jack Diesing, president of College World Series of Omaha, Inc. â€œItâ€™s especially impressive at night and I encourage fans to check it out.â€
The 1,500-pound bronze sculpture created by John Lajba depicts four baseball players celebrating victory at home plate. The sculpture was dedicated on June 7, 1999, during Omahaâ€™s 50th anniversary as the home of the College World Series. â€œThat anniversary was a remarkable milestone, so we wanted to create a permanent testimonial to this enduring sports tradition,â€ Diesing noted.
The sculpture was moved from its original location at Omahaâ€™s Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium and rededicated at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in 2011. â€œThe Road to Omaha sculpture has become a symbol of the competitive spirit, the camaraderie and the excitement of the championship series in Omaha,â€ Diesing added.
The Road to Omaha sculpture was a gift to the City of Omaha and Series fans from College World Series of Omaha, Inc. (CWS, Inc.), the local organizing committee. CWS, Inc., owns the sole and exclusive right to make reproductions of The Road to Omaha sculpture. Visitors are welcome to take photographs of the sculpture for their personal use and enjoyment, but the sculpture cannot otherwise be reproduced in any way, including by photograph, without CWS, Inc.'s prior written consent.
About the NCAAÂ®
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities. Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions â€“ AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola â€“ and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners â€“ Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Loweâ€™s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reeseâ€™s (Hersheyâ€™s), Unilever and UPS.
About CWS, Inc. Â®
College World Series of Omaha, Inc., is the non-profit local organizing committee for the annual NCAA Division I Men's College World Series. Its mission is enlisting wide-based community support from business, government, civic organizations and individuals to implement, promote, operate and host a successful CWS in Omaha in partnership with the NCAA. The 2013 NCAA Men's College World Series will begin with Opening Celebration Day, Friday, June 14. Games will begin Saturday, June 15, and continue through Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25/26. For a complete schedule of all games and times, please visit NCAA.com/CWS.â€¨
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