- Sports in Omaha, Nebraska
Omaha, Nebraskaare supported by a high attendance at events and tax support from the City of Omaha. Omaha is home to several professional sports teams and modern sports venues. The city has hosted a number of important sporting events. Since 1950 Omaha has hosted the baseball College World Series, and since 1996 it has been home to the Cox Classicgolf tournament on the Nationwide Tour.
Former sports clubs in Omaha include the
USL Premier Development League's Flames soccer team; the American Association's Omaha Dodgers, and; two professional hockeyteams, the Omaha Knightsand the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights.
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadiumis home to the Omaha Royals. Since 1950, it has hosted the annual NCAA College World Seriesmen's baseball tournament in mid-June [cite web |url=http://www.dailysentinel.com/news/content/shared/sports/stories/BBC_ORGANIST_0622_COX.html |title=This player at CWS knows all the scores |last=Bohls |first=Kirk |publisher= Cox News Service|date= 2004-06-22|accessdate=2006-06-19] . Other sports facilities in Omaha include Morrison Stadium, home of the Creighton Bluejaysmen's and women's soccer teams.
Omaha Royalshave proposed building a $54 million stadium as part of a $170 million redevelopment of the Near North Side close to Omaha's Qwest Centerand Creighton University. [(2006) [http://www.attheyard.com/MinorLeagueRoundUp/article_800.shtml A tale of two cities] . At the Yard website. Retrieved 5/29/07.] Morrison Stadiumis a 6,000-seat soccer-specific stadium located at 2500 California Plaza in the Near North Side neighborhood. The stadium is home to the Creighton Bluejays men's and women's soccer teams.
Omaha Civic Auditoriumarena currently seats up to 9,300 people for sporting events. In the past, the arena was home to the Creighton Bluejays men's basketball team, the University of Nebraska at Omahaice hockey team, the Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knights American Hockey Leagueteam, and the NBA's Kansas City/Omaha Kings basketball team. Today, it is home to the Omaha Beef indoor footballteam and the Creighton women's basketball and volleyballteams. The arena was the site of the Missouri Valley Conferencemen's basketball tournament title game in 1978 and 1981. It was also the site of the seventh WWF In Your Housepay-per-view in 1996.
Today the Qwest Center in downtown Omaha hosts Creighton men's basketball; the University of Nebraska at Omaha Mavericks
ice hockeyteam, and; the Nebraska School Activities AssociationNebraska State Wrestling Tournament annually. In 2008 the Qwest Center will host the First and Second Rounds of the NCAA Tournament, WWE Judgment Day2008 and the USA SwimmingSummer Olympic Trials.
Several sports have heritage in Omaha. The
American Taekwondo Associationwas founded by Haeng Ung Leein Omaha in 1969. [ [http://ataonline.com/about/history.asp "About"] , American Taekwondo Association. Retrieved 10/08/07.] Houston Alexanderis a rising fighter in the sport of mixed martial artswho is from Omaha. In 1972 the Cincinnati Royalsof the National Basketball Associationmoved to a new primary home in Kansas City and a secondary home in Omaha, carrying the name Kansas City-Omaha Kings. The team ceased Omaha operations in 1975 and became known as just the Kansas City Kings. Alois P. Swoboda, the pioneer American physical cultureat the turn of the 20th century. His revolutionary course "Conscious Evolution" inspired many American leaders in the fields of government, business, entertainment, law, athletics and medicine.
Omaha Beef indoor footballteam plays at the Omaha Civic Auditorium.
An early team in Omaha was the Luxus, who played with support from the
Krug Brewery, and in 1915 played for the Amateur World Championship.
The Omaha Omahogs was a baseball team started in 1900 as part of the new Western League. Their name changed to the Omaha Indians in 1902. In 1904 the team was fielded as the Omaha Packers, and in 1906 as the Omaha Rourkes. They kept that name until 1921, when the name changed to the Omaha Buffaloes, which stuck until 1928 when it changed to the Omaha Crickets. In 1930 the team changed its name back to the Omaha Packers, and kept that name until 1935, when they moved to Council Bluffs and subsequently folded. A new team called the Omaha Robin Hoods formed in 1936, but moved to
Rock Island, Illinoislate in the year. The team reformed shortly thereafter as the Omaha Cardinals, remaining as such for several years.
In the 1940s, the African American players of the
Omaha Rockets independent baseballteam lived in North Omaha. The team played exhibition games against Negro Leagueteams from across the U.S., and was the home of several important players. ["(n.d.) [http://www.kittyleague.com/history/players/s/stubblefield.htm Mickey Stubblefield Profile] "] [(n.d.) [http://www.thediamondangle.com/archive/oct01/barnstorm.html Barnstorming & Tournament Ball] ]
Omaha Royalsare the city's current minor-league baseball team. They are the AAA affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Ice hockeyis a popular spectator sport in Omaha. The current Omaha-area team is the Omaha Lancers, a USHL team that plays at the Mid-America Center, which is actually located in Council Bluffs, Iowa. [(nd) [http://www.lancers.com/leagues/Lancers_TeamHistory.cfm?clientid=1996&leagueid=4581 Team History] . Omaha Lancers. Retrieved 6/7/07.]
Omaha Ak-Sar-Ben Knightswere the AHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames. The Knights played their home games at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Following the 2006-2007 season the Knights were relocated to the Quad Citiesdue to mounting losses taken on by the Calgary organization, they were renamed the Quad City Flamesand replace the Quad City Mallardsof the United Hockey League. [ (2007) [http://www.calgaryflames.com/cgi-bin/news/comments.cgi?type=press_rel&file_num=0000001251 Flames announce relocation of American Hockey League franchise to the Quad Cities (Moline, IL)] . Calgary Flames Franchise website. Retrieved 6/7/07.]
Martin Burnsoperated a successful wrestling school in Omaha in the 1910s. [ [http://www.wrestlingmuseum.org/people/burns_farmer.html "Martin 'Farmer' Burns".] International Wrestling Institute and Museum. Retrieved 10/9/07.] Joe Stecher, a wrestler from rural Nebraska, won national professional wrestling champion title in Omaha in 1915. The American Wrestling Association's Omaha version of their World Heavyweight Championship was a professional wrestling championship sanctioned by promoters in and around the city from 1957 through 1964.
Today, Maurice "Mad Dog" Vachon, an early wrestling great, lives in Omaha. Other wrestling figures, including
Tony Osborne, Ted DiBiase, Paul "The Rapmaster" Neu, Sting and Baron Von Raschkeare originally from Omaha. The city is also notorious within the wrestling world for other reasons, including Chris Masters' 2005 claim that, "anywhere is better than Omaha, Nebraska," offering of $6000 for a plane ticket to anywhere else in the United States.
Omaha also hosted the WWE Judgment Day Pay-Per-View Event on May 18, 2008, which was held at the
Qwest Center Omaha.
The Creighton Bluejays compete in a number of NCAA Division I sports. Creighton's is also a member of the
Missouri Valley Conference. The men's basketball team plays their home games at the Qwest Center Omaha, while the women's basketball and volleyball teams play at the Omaha Civic Auditorium. Their men's and women's soccer teams play their home games at Morrison Stadium.
The most popular team of the Creighton University athletic department is their men's basketball program. They have amassed 10 consecutive postseason appearances, including seven appearances in the NCAA Tournament during that stretch. Overall, Creighton has 16 NCAA Tournament appearances.
During the 2006-2007 season, Creighton ranked 13th in all of NCAA Division-I basketball in average home game attedance, averaging 15,909 per game.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
University of Nebraska at OmahaMavericks is an NCAA Division IIathletic department. They compete at the Division II level for all sports, with the exception of men's ice hockey, which competes in Division-I as a member of the CCHA.
Omaha is home to numerous important historical and modern sports figures. They include:
Houston Alexander, UFC ligh heavyweight contender
Max Baer, boxer
Bob Boozer, former National Basketball Associationplayer and gold medalist at the 1960 Summer Olympics.
* Carmen Butler, current
Dallas Cowboys Cheerleader
Lance Cade, professional wrestler
* Steve Borden, professional wrestler aka Sting
Jason Christiansen, professional baseball player
Eric Crouch, 2001 Heisman Trophywinner for University of Nebraska
* Brian Deegan, FMX Rider
Ted DiBiase, Professional Wrestler
Bob Gibson, National Baseball Hall of Famepitcher for St. Louis Cardinals
Ahman Green, professional football player
Kenton Keith, professional football player
Nile Kinnick, 1939 Heisman Trophywinner for the University of Iowa
Jason Kreis, professional soccer player, all-time leading scorer in MLS history, current manager of the MLS club, Real Salt Lake
Scott Munter, relief pitcher for the San Francisco Giants
* Dave Nelson, Professional Skateboarder
Gregg Olson, professional baseball player, 1989 American LeagueRookie of the Year
Jed Ortmeyer, professional ice hockey player
Ron Prince, head football coach at Kansas State University
Andy Roddick, professional tennis player
Johnny Rodgers, 1972 Heisman TrophyWinner, College Football Hall of Fame; Inductee and voted University of Nebraska's "player of the century".
Gale Sayers, professional football player, Pro Football Hall of Fameinductee
Scott Sutton, Oral Roberts Universitymen's basketball coach
Sports in Nebraska
Parks in Omaha, Nebraska
* [http://www.omahamarathon.com/ Omaha Marathon official website]
* [http://www.ak-sar-ben.com Ak-Sar-Ben Race Track History Website]
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