June 15, 2010

NCAA RELEASE

(OMAHA, Neb., June 15, 2010) - Closing Ceremonies for the 2010 NCAA® Men's College World Series® (CWS) will hold special significance for fans, organizers, coaches and student-athletes as they bid farewell to Rosenblatt Stadium as home of the Series for 61 years. Through 2009, 7,211,767 spectators have attended a total of 876 College World Series games at Rosenblatt Stadium. For the last five years (2005 -2009), total attendance has averaged 308,192 spectators per year.

"Rosenblatt Stadium is a representation of what college baseball is all about with its rich traditions and exciting memories," said Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of baseball and football. "Throughout this year's Series we will be sharing those memories with several special tributes and events that will recognize Rosenblatt Stadium for its many contributions to college baseball since 1950."

During the Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 18, several members of the College World Series Legends Team will be honored in person, including Steve Arlin, Sal Bando, Skip Bertman, Nomar Garciaparra and Will Clark. The CWS Legends Team represents those student-athletes who had the best College World Series performances during the 60 years the event has been played at Rosenblatt Stadium. The 27-member team was selected by baseball fans, representatives from the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and NCAA Division I head baseball coaches.

Fan appreciation items will be given to fans attending games on June 20, 21, 22 and 28. CWS water bottles will be given to the first 1,250 fans in attendance for the 1 p.m. game on Sunday, June 20. A commemorative coin displaying an image of Rosenblatt Stadium and the dates in which the college World Series was held there will be distributed to the first 3,000 fans in attendance at the 3:30 p.m. game on Monday, June 21. A CWS/Rawlings key chain will be distributed to the first 10,000 fans in attendance at the 3:30 p.m. game on Tuesday, June 22. And a commemorative ticket from the final series at Rosenblatt Stadium protected by a plastic casing will be given to the first 2,000 fans in attendance at Finals Game 1 on Monday, June 28.

Several individuals who have dedicated their time and effort over the years will also be honored as College World Series All-Stars before the start of selected games.

Throughout the Series, fans will have an opportunity to vote for their favorite on-field moments from past Series at Rosenblatt Stadium. Top plays, home runs and great pitching performances will all compete to determine the best College World Series moments at Rosenblatt. The top play or moment will be revealed during the CWS Finals based on the outcome of fan voting on www.ncaa.com/cws.

Another special recognition will be held during CWS Finals Game 1 when members of the 1950 National Champion University of Texas and runner-up Washington State University will ceremonially deliver the 2010 national championship trophy. In 1950, the Longhorns led by head coach Bibb Falk defeated Washington State, 3-0, to claim its second national championship in as many years.

A special Closing Ceremony on June 29 or 30 will conclude the 2010 College World Series with the presentation of the national championship trophy, a video compilation of the sights, sounds, greatest plays and endearing moments of the CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium, and a spectacular fireworks display.

"The community of Omaha has played a significant part in growing the College World Series and making it such a memorable experience for the student-athletes over the past 60 years," Poppe added. "The images and memories of events in Rosenblatt Stadium will live on forever and we look forward to growing those memories for years to come here in Omaha."

"While saying 'Goodbye' to Rosenblatt stadium will be emotional, it's important to remember what started here in 1950 isn't going away," concluded Jack Diesing, Jr., president of College World Series of Omaha, Inc. "Omaha's connection to the College World Series will continue to grow stronger as our community opens its arms to welcome new generations of student-athletes, coaches and fans from all around the country. The Road to Omaha experience will remain as Rosenblatt Stadium's ongoing legacy to our community."