I take a turn today in the World-Herald’s 2011 Year in Review. Today: The metro area’s two new ballparks open to great fanfare – and great attendance.
The buildup to the openings was dominated by worries about the fiscal responsibility of building two stadiums. But when it came time to play two, the fans responded.
Neither the Storm Chasers nor the College World Series set an attendance record. But combined, the two drew nearly 750,000 fans – a record that eclipsed even the 2010 Rosenblatt Stadium farewell.