End of an Era For Olsen

By: Shane McAuliffe Email
By: Shane McAuliffe Email

It was supposed to be the final night for baseball at Texas A&M's Olsen Field before a year-long renovation to transform it into Blue Bell Park...except Mother Nature had a different idea.

As the Aggies fight for a chance to head to the College World Series, some fans headed out to Olsen to get what they thought would be one last look. But not everyone is happy with the changes.

Prior to the rain pouring on College Station, fans poured into Olsen Field.

It was a chance to watch the final game at Olsen before it undergoes extensive renovations.

"I think we've got a good facility as it is but all I do is come to the ball games," said James Rosier.

Rosier graduated from A&M back in 1950 and he's been sitting in the same seats for over twenty years.

"I enjoy the camaraderie with all the people you see around you over the years," said Rosier.

But Mr. Rosier will have to move after the renovations to a more affordable seat and he's not the only one.

"We're going to move from the seats we are in now because the seats are going to be donation seats and a little more expensive," said fan Kevin Slaten.

"For us, it's a family deal. It's a family outing," said Kyle Brock.

Brock graduated from A&M back in 1988 and he's been bringing his daughter to Olsen Field since she was six-months-old. Next year, they too will have a different view of the field.

"That's the sad thing about it. It feels like you're leaving like a house. This is your house but I'm sure when we find a new seat, it will be just as good and we'll grow the relationships we'll have there," said Brock.

"From what we've seen of the stadium, it looks like it's going to be world class," said student Grover Allen.

Allen on the other hand is excited to see Olsen Field keep up with its Big 12 competitors like Texas. He can't wait to see what the $24 million dollar upgrade will look like.

"Just the whole stadium in general. They'll have more seats with backs, more room to move around, and you'll even be closer to the field," said Allen.

And being closer to the field wasn't the best option for fans Monday night as the game has been postponed due to lightning. First pitch is set for 12:35 p.m. on Tuesday giving fans another last shot at seeing Olsen Field before its transition to Blue Bell Park.

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