OMAHA, Neb. — The Florida baseball team had a very busy day on Friday in preparation for the College World Series opener.
The Gators arrived at Rosenblatt Stadium to pose for a team photo in front of the famous “Road to Omaha” statue.
UF had an hour-long practice session on the field, allowing the athletes to take the field at Rosenblatt Stadium for the first time in each of their careers. Following Florida’s practice, the Gators participated in an hour-long autograph session with fans on the concourse of Rosenblatt Stadium.
The opening-night ceremonies honored the tradition of the CWS at Rosenblatt Stadium. Florida was the third team introduced, with senior outfielder Matt den Dekker carrying a team flag.
A trio of military personnel parachuted from 35,000’ above to deliver the American, Nebraska and CWS flags after each team was introduced.
Senior catcher Hampton Tignor was recognized for having the highest GPA on the team.
The College World Series Legends Team was honored to celebrate the history of the event at Rosenblatt Stadium.
Many of the members of the Legends Team were on hand, including Will Clark, Barry Bonds, Nomar Garciaparra, Robin Ventura, Todd Walker, Skip Bertman and Augie Garrido
A fireworks show capped off the evening at Rosenblatt Stadium.