TD AMERITRADE Park Omaha will be the supreme objective for college baseball players who long for a chance to compete for college baseball’s national championship. A $128 million stadium will be completed in spring 2011 and will be the new home to the NCAA Men’s College World Series.
Patrick Conlon, President of Field Wall Padding.com also had his dreams of outfitting the new College World Series.
Field Wall Padding .com specializes in safety and image products for stadiums and fields, and arenas. TD Ameritrade Park has relied on Field Wall Padding.com to create a safe stadium for the 24,000 fans and athletes that will be enjoying this new stadium. “We were thrilled for the opportunity to serve and be a part of this new stadium; the vision of this stadium alone has been so inspiring to our entire team. We are excited to be creating and designing custom wall padding and rail padding that will be used for the next 25 years in the Men’s College World Series. This place will no doubt be an architectural icon.”
University of Cincinnati has contracted Field Wall Padding.com for their football practice facility. Field Wall Padding by SportsGraphics is in the process of designing graphics on their custom field wall padding. “We love to solve safety concerns for stadiums with our custom padding but we get excited to design graphics on our pads. We have been designing graphics and doing print on padding and other safety products for over 20 years.”
Patrick Conlon sees this facility as having an impact on the entire community and not just the University as the stadium will be opened up for use for everyone that doesn’t have a home field to play on.
The 50- and 100-yard practice fields will be fully lit, and the larger field will be covered by an air-supported bubble during winter months. This will allow year-round practice space.
As part of the project, a chilled water thermal storage tank will be under the 50-yard field to help with the university’s air conditioning which could save million dollars a year.
“It's inspiring to see everyone do what they can creatively to be smarter for the environment while saving money. These are the kind of projects I’m proud to be a part of.” Pat says.
So many movies have been made about the excitement of going from rags to
riches. Its only exciting really, if you’ve been forced to wait in rags until it
seems almost natural to be in them. Sometimes you’ve been in rags so long you
might even begin defending the ugly state your in. The ugly state I’m talking
about is the downtown Metrodome and the Gophers can finally stop grinning and bearing it.
This will be a totally new era for the Minnesota Gophers and their fans; and
boy do they deserve it. After two decades of having the off- campus hideous
Metrodome which seemed so awkward on so many levels (navigating and parking
topping the list) they now are blessed with a classically beautiful, borderline
opulent stadium that has been designed in such a way that you could almost feel
a tinge of resent toward these Gophers. In case you do, rest assured, it
And maybe what helps it pass is the realization of how much the Gophers
deserved this stadium and how much this stadium is so much more than a stadium.
The sheer forethought alone that went into every detail of construction makes
this infrastructure somehow more special like it was built with an instant
heritage, a story. Stadium
designer Jeff Spear and Coach Brewster really
thought about the purpose of this stadium beyond the More Factor- more seating,
more fans, more tickets, more money; more, more more. This stadium was built for
a purpose; the team for starters, the team most importantly. What seemed to be
in mind, was the goal of unifying, and tearing down at the same time. Building
cohesion while not allowing the natural separation that can naturally take place
when teams have money to build individual spaces for players. This stadium was
designed to never be a fertile ground for cliques; not even a chance to take
root. The locker rooms were laid out to keep an open feel instead of
compartmentalizing positions and offence and defense. And then there are
architectural details that only the team will enjoy, like the illuminated giant
M on the ceiling of the locker room that was put there to bring excitement to
The gift this stadium gives to its fans goes beyond more room. There is of
course the amazing view of the Minneapolis skyline, and the ability to park and
get in the stadium in less than twenty minutes. And if you’re a prospective
recruit; just travel down your own secret entrance where there you’ll end up in
a huge lounge with cozy couches. The concourses are wide making it easy for fans
to navigate through to their seats. Once seated you’ll enjoy the game from the
main HD video board by Daktronics, which says this video board is the third
largest in college football. Daktronics ProAd® LED ribbon displays are
also installed along the fascia of both sidelines, revealing game
information and up to the second player statistics, and all sorts of video
animation to keep the crowd enthusiastic, though I doubt the crowd will need
So much thought was put into this stadium, even the skeletal
construction. 8, 800 tons of steel- and 97% of it was recycled. And the
first brick put down on the stadium was laid by Hilding Mortenson who was a
brick layer and worked on the Memorial Stadium in 1924. He is now 100 years old.
We were very excited to be a part of the making of the TCF Bank Stadium. As our field padding was being installed, I felt the excitement of sharing in the moment of yet
another dream held by thousands of people; become a reality. I was amazed at the
many hats that Scott Amundson of Mortenson Construction wore while
staying calm cool and collected the entire time. I’d like to thank Scott for
giving my sons and I tickets to the opening scrimmage. The highlight of the
experience though was to see the sheer excitement on the alumni’s faces as they
saw the stadium for the first time. I felt like I was in a MasterCard
Commercial because that was priceless.