CWS venues similar but different


OKLAHOMA CITY ” It’s my sixth day here in Okie City at the Women’s College World Series and I’m struck by the similarities to the other College World Series.

I’ve been there with the Gators three times and both venues have the same feel. And it’s more than the fact that Omaha and Oklahoma both begin with O and end with A and that the women’s tournament used to be held in Omaha.

*They are both played in the biggest cities of their state and in ball parks that are much bigger than what the teams play in during the regular season.

*Both parks are just off major interstates.

*Both parks are located across the street from zoos.

*The newspapers in both cities embrace the event as a major story and the fans from the cities show up just to watch the sport.

*Both cities have Triple A baseball teams in the same league. In fact, they’re playing each other this weekend.

One difference is that Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha has made improvements that ASA Hall of Fame Stadium has in the planning stages. A new press box is planned here and eventually they may go to permanent seating in the outfield.

My suggestion ” new chairs in the press box. Sitting on this tiny wooden chair this week has been tough on the sciatic.

But overall, this week has been fun. I’m getting a real affection for this sport and the people who care about it so deeply. Bricktown has been great and you wonder how much better it will be if the city gets the Sonics.

I made another trip to the Biting Sow blues bar last night and they welcomed me like I was a hero. The power of the blog. They had mine laminated and put up on the wall. And the Doc Blues Revue band was rocking the house.