Werner Park

From BR Bullpen

  • Name: Werner Park
  • GPS-able Address: 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, NE 68046
  • Ballpark Owner: Sarpy County
  • Architects: DLR Group
  • Groundbreaking: 8/12/2009
  • Minor League Baseball Teams: Omaha Storm Chasers (AAA) 2011-present
  • Class/League History: AAA/International League 2022-present; AAA/Triple-A East 2021; AAA/Pacific Coast League 2011-2020
  • First Professional Baseball Game: 4/11/2011; stadium debut of Class AAA Storm Chasers
  • Others Playing or Operating Here: Union Omaha (soccer); Sarpy County Chamber of Commerce
  • Previous Ballpark Names: None
  • LF: 310 CF: 402 RF: 315
  • Seats: 6,434
  • Stated Capacity: 9,023
  • House Baseball/Softball Record Attendance (as currently configured): 9,351, 3/25/2019

Werner Park in the Omaha suburb of Papillion, NE, is the home of the Omaha Storm Chasers, the Kansas City Royals' Triple-A International League farm team. Ironically, given the nickname the club had just taken, its 2011 debut was postponed by a winter storm.

From 1969 through 2010, the farm club shared Rosenblatt Stadium with the NCAA College World Series. Pacific Coast League schedulers complained about having to keep the then-Omaha Royals on the road for two straight weeks every season - which would no longer be a problem under the scheduling system implemented in MLB's 2021 Minor League Reorganization. Despite that, when it came time to build a new playpen, the original plan was to continue that. However, the O-Royals and the city of Omaha couldn't come to terms on sharing the new home of the CWS. The O-Royals were looking elsewhere when Sarpy County kept them in the market by building a separate playpen in Papillion. Both stadiums opened in the same season, 2011. The other, originally TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, changed names after Charles Schwab Corporation acquired it and branded the ballpark Charles Schwab Field Omaha.

Omaha-based trucking company Werner Enterprises quickly bought naming rights to the new minor league ballpark. Sarpy County Tourism's office is located inside it, and a statue of Omaha native Bob Gibson greets fans outside it.

Regular-season sellouts are reported as 9,023. A higher figure was reported once, possibly revealing the actual capacity: 9,351 on March 25, 2019, when the Storm Chasers hosted their parent Royals in a pre-season exhibition game.

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