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Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Unveils Infield at the Zoo

 Dennis Pate, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo Director and CEO, explained the plans for the Rosenblatt Stadium site today at a press conference. Remarks were given by John Boyer, Omaha Zoolocical Society Board President, Mayor Suttle, Gary Gernandt, City Council President and Steve Rosenblatt, son of Johnny Rosenblatt.

For decades, Rosenblatt Stadium has served as both the iconic and physical manifestation of baseball in the Omaha community. The community’s long standing history with and fond memories of this place will be forever remembered. In a way that respects the history of this place and the uniqueness of the game, Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo has created The Infield at the Zoo. It not only forever cements the past; it also creates a distinct connection with the future.

Key features of Infield at the Zoo include:

  • The preservation of the original location of home plate at Rosenblatt Stadium. The location of home plate will always be remembered and recognized by a bronzed memorial plate.
  • Re-creation of the base paths. The Infield at the Zoo was designed to promote activity amongst its youngest and oldest visitors. The ability to run the bases as did baseball’s greats links the past and the present.
  • Re-use of the original stadium seats, in their original colors, as seating areas within the park. The bright red, yellow, and blue seats of the original stadium will always evoke fond memories for visitors.
  • The main gate borrows architectural elements from the grandstand of Rosenblatt Stadium in both shape and design.
  • Preservation of key site lines within the original stadium. Within any stadium, foul poles serve as strong vertical boundaries of the playing field. Preserving the original foul poles, in their original locations, helps visitors maintain sense of place
  • Integration of the dugouts. Although not actually “dug-out”, these areas will still replicate the field-level views and interaction of the original player dugouts and provide shaded picnic areas along the first and third base lines.

Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo is located at Nebraska’s I-80, Exit 454 and is open year-round from 9:30 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily.

Admission prices for 2010 are $11.50 for adults, $7.75 for children (ages 3 – 11) and $10 for seniors. Household memberships are $88.

Additional information can be found on the website, www.omahazoo.com.

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