The change of ownership of the Omaha Storm Chasers baseball franchise was completed in a public way Tuesday.
Omaha businessman Warren Buffett, who along with Walter Scott had each owned 25 percent of the team since 1991, introduced new CEO and managing partner Gary Green during a press conference at Werner Park.
Buffett and Scott, when taking their shares of the team, had included a provision that included that the team would stay in Omaha — which at the time was an important factor in getting necessary renovations done at Rosenblatt Stadium, ensuring that the College World Series would also remain in Omaha.
Now the CWS is downtown at TD Ameritrade Park and the Storm Chasers’ second-year stadium is west of Papillion.
“When the wonderful decision was made by Sarpy County to build this terrific stadium — it’s the best stadium I’ve ever seen — it became clear that this team was going to be in Omaha forever,” Buffett said. “And so Walter and I didn’t feel the same obligation any more because Sarpy County had taken care of our obligations.
“So now we’re delighted to turn it over to this wonderful new owner.”
Green’s group also purchased the 50 percent of the team previously owned by Philadelphia businessman William Shea.
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