Rosenblatt's blue girders to come crashing down - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, August 22, 2012 at 12:00 am / Updated at 7:05 am
Rosenblatt's blue girders to come crashing down

One of the final pieces of historic Rosenblatt Stadium's recognizable exterior elements is to come crashing down Wednesday morning when Anderson Excavating Co. will use explosive charges to knock out the blue steel girders that supported the longtime press box.

Omaha police plan to close 13th and 10th Streets from roughly Interstate 80 to Zesto's for the 7 a.m. demolition, said Calvin Sisson, executive director of the Omaha Zoo Foundation. The streets' closings should be in effect about about 15 minutes -- from 6:50 a.m. to 7:05 a.m.

Homeowners in the area will be allowed into their yards to observe the razing, said Sisson, but they won't be allowed onto 13th Street.

The 64-year-old stadium has slowly been turned to rubble since major demolition work began in late July.

The girders are about all that is left standing at Rosenblatt, said Sisson. The press box and the Plaza View Club structure have been removed, he said, as have all the seating areas from home plate down the first-base and third-base lines.

Most of the stadium site will become a parking lot for the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium. The zoo will construct a commemorative park, Johnny Rosenblatt's Infield at the Zoo, on the former infield.

Workers began tearing down the stadium July 25, and it could take five more months to complete. Anderson Excavating is in charge of the razing.

Dan Goers, who manages Anderson's efforts at Rosenblatt, estimated back in July that it would take three or four weeks for his company to take down Rosenblatt's exterior. He estimated that 4,000 to 5,000 tons of steel would be recycled.

The College World Series and the Omaha Royals, AAA affiliate to the Major League's Kansas City Royals, moved out of Rosenblatt two years ago. The CWS is in its new home just north of downtown, at TD Ameritrade Park. The Royals are now the Omaha Storm Chasers, who play in northern Sarpy County, at Werner Park.

The zoo opened Rosenblatt to visitors for five days during this year's CWS. About 10,000 fans made their way in for a final look.

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