A proposal from the Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium to turn part of the former Rosenblatt Stadium site into a cocktail party venue is raising concerns from some neighbors.

The Omaha City Council is scheduled to vote Tuesday on the zoo's application to allow a beer garden on the property. But the zoo is already listing an Infield at the Zoo cocktail party rental option on its website.

For $1,000, the zoo says private parties can “enjoy cocktails where the best of college baseball was once played,” on the Little League-size field near the original Rosenblatt sign and a few of the stadium's seats. The venue can accommodate up to 300 people.

A letter signed by three area neighbors urges the council to hold off on extending the zoo's liquor license, arguing that several other businesses on South 13th Street already sell alcohol.

The zoo also offers a handful of other locations for private cocktail receptions.

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