In collaboration, HDR Architecture and Populous designed the 24,000-seat TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. The stadium will serve as home field for the Creighton University baseball team in addition to being the home of the Men's College World Series of Baseball. In June of 2009, the NCAA and College World Series of Omaha, Inc. announced a 25-year contract extension that will keep the CWS in Omaha through 2035.
Unique in capacity, purpose and character, TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will enhance the city's reputation as one of America's great sports communities. Designed to fit within the context of the entertainment quarter and as a gateway to downtown, the new stadium is intended to serve as a catalyst to future development.
The stadium design is based on the development of experiences: those of the student athlete for participation in the competition, those of the fans and patrons visiting multiple games throughout each season, and the development of the community experience—what the stadium will contribute to the CWS event and its relationship to the city of Omaha.
Natural light brightens the enclosed spaces on the concourse, giving patrons an enhanced experience of the outdoor venue. Visual connectivity to the city is provided through a series of openings between structures providing vignettes to the city from the concourse. Glass is used extensively on the upper levels allowing patrons on this level the same visual connection to the downtown experience that will be the CWS 2011.
The stadium's stylized contemporary architecture responds with richly-stated brick at the street level with a mixture of clear and translucent glass. A symbolic metal "halo" canopy provides shade for spectators throughout the day.