Downtown ballpark on budget, on schedule for 2011 completion

Omaha, NE – Construction on Omaha's new downtown ballpark is on time and on budget, according to project managers.

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha will be the new home of the College World Series in 2011. Kiewit Construction officials led a media tour of the new stadium Wednesday. Spokesman Kent Grisham says a significant amount of work is being done on the seating areas inside the ballpark.

"What we're seeing is, of course, work on the actual stadium, the stadium seating area that forms that upper tier is well underway, most of the concrete work is finished," Grisham says. "What you're seeing below that is the form work that is beginning for the lower bowl seating. And as that progresses, you're also seeing ground work on the outer edges where the form work will begin for the bleachers that will surround the outfield areas."

Kiewit workers put up the final steel beam Wednesday. Grisham says that's important because it means the structural steel work is 99 percent complete.

The $128 million stadium is scheduled for completion in early 2011.

In pictures: construction on TD Ameritrade Park Omaha