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All times Central
June 14 – Opening Celebration Day
9 a.m.-5 p.m.: Open Team practices
10 a.m.-9 p.m.: Fan Fest
8:30-10 p.m.: Opening Ceremonies
June 15-Monday, June 18
1-8 p.m.: Fan Fest
4 p.m.: Game 1
8 p.m.: Game 2
8 a.m.-Noon: NCAA Youth Clinics
Tuesday, June 19 – Wednesday, June 20
4:30-7 p.m.: Fan Fest
7 p.m.: Game 1
Thursday, June 21 – Friday, June 22
1-8 p.m.: Fan Fest
4 p.m.: Game 1
8 p.m.: Game 2
Sunday, June 24
9 a.m.: Road to Omaha Run (5K Run/Walk)
Sunday, June 24 – Tuesday June 26
4:30-7 p.m.: Fan Fest
7 p.m.: CWS Finals
See the complete fan schedule here.
Ticket resale: Tickets may not be resold for more than face value on the grounds of TD Ameritrade Park, or within a ½ mile radius of the stadium. The Omaha Police Department will be actively enforcing all scalping laws.
Reserved tickets for games 1-14 show a face value of $28, $29 or $30.
Reserved tickets for the finals show a face value of $33, $34 or $35.
Reserved seats: A limited number of reserved seats will be available for purchases on game days at the TD Ameritrade Park box office beginning at 10 a.m. Reserved ticket-holders may enter through any gate.
General admission: General admission tickets are nonguaranteed, first-come, first-served seats in the right outfield and left outfield bleachers in sections 125-136. GA tickets are not designated for a specific game or date. As long as the ticket holder arrives early enough to be seated, the tickets are good for all games, including finals games. If the GA section is filled to capacity, the gates will close.
On doubleheader days, all fans are required to leave the stadium after the first game. GA ticket holders planning on attending both games will be required to use a new GA ticket and stand in line for re-entry.
GA ticket entrances are at Gate 3 (center field) and Gate 4 (right field).
General admission ticket prices: $80 per book (10 tickets per book) and $11 for single-game tickets sold at the box office during the CWS.
Box office hours: Open at 10 a.m. each day a game is scheduled.
Parking and transportation
No overnight parking will be allowed in TD Ameritrade Park parking lots. Parking lots will close 90 minutes after the last game of the day. Any vehicles left overnight will be towed at the owner's expense.
TD Ameritrade Park: One the TD Ameritrade Park/CenturyLink Center campus, there are about 800 parking stalls available for public use and for those with ADA needs. Public parking in Lots A, E and G are available on a first-come, first-served bases at a cost of $10 per vehicle. Lot A will be available only the first weekend due to the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials. There will be no charge for ADA parking. A limited number of ADA parking stalls are also available in Lot B and will be offered to the public daily at no charge. These lots will be open at 8 a.m. on the CWS game days and will close 90 minutes after the event. Tailgating is permitted in all TD Ameritrade Park/CenturyLink Center lots. Tailgate festivities cannot extrend into additional parking stalls and no tents may be staked into the ground. Find more tailgating information at NCAA.com/CWS.
Creighton University: Creightion will have about 1,000 parking stalls available for event parking in lots along Cuming Street from 19th to 25th Streets, and at a lot at 16th and Mike Fahey Streets. The spaces will be available on a first-come, first-served bases with fees starting at $10. These lots will open three hours before the first game and close 90 minutes after the day's final game. Tailgating will be permitted, but no motor homes or recreational vehicles will be admitted. Lots will be patrolled during evening sessions.
City of Omaha: The city has surface lots and garages offering between 1,000 and 4,500 stalls depending on the time of day. Find a complete list of available lots at omaha.centralparking.com. Public parking in these locations is available on a first-come, first-served basis at various prices. No tailgating is permitted in any city-owned surface lot or garage.
ADA pickup/drop off: You may be dropped off near the corners of 12 and Mike Fahey Streets. In addition, Metro buses are ADA-accessible and will be loading and unloading near the stadium and offering service throughout the CWS.
Circulator buses: The Metro bus system will stop at more than 20 locations throughout the downtown area and drop fans near the stadium. The circulator is scheduled to stop at each location at 10-minute intervals for a fare of 25 cents. It will run continuously from 90 minutes before each game until 90 minutes after the last game. See the stops in the fan guide here.
Stadium Express: The Metro Stadium Express offers park-and-ride services to and from the stadium. Pickup/drop off is located on 13th Street between Cuming and Mike Fahey Streets. Stops are at Carol Hotel, 118th and M. Streets, 72nd and Grover Streets, 72nd and Spring Streets, Crossroads Mall, Westroads Mall, Bakers at American Plaza in Bellevue, and Mid-America Center in Council Bluffs. Prices are $3 one-way and $6 for a two-ride event pass. Find more route and time information at ometro.com.
Bikes, motorcycles: The city is offering dedicated parking for motorcycles and bicycles. Motorcycle parking is available on Mike Fahey Street, between 14th and 15th Streets. If you ride a bicycle, free valet service is available on Mike Fahey Street between 13th and 14th Streets.
Gates open two hours in advance of game time (parking lots open at 8:00 a.m.)
Anyone needing to leave the stadium and then re-enter will be screened again before being allowed back into the stadium.
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is a smoke-free facility. Smoking is not allowed anywhere inside the park. Smoking areas are at Gates 2 and 3.
Items prohibited at TD Ameritrade Park: Bottles, cans, food or drink coolers, outside food or drink (20-ounce or smaller empty, clear plastic bottles will be allowed for water), large bags, backpacks, Frisbees, beach balls, large umbrellas, laser pointers, artificial noisemakers, fireworks, illegal drugs or alcohol, weapons of any kind (including lawfully concealed firearms), commercial signs or banners without the prior approval of TD Ameritrade Park, any item deemed to challenge public safety.
Cameras: Cameras are permitted for still photography and video for personal use, but lens length must be shorter than approximately one inch, and no additional detachable lenses are permitted.
Search: All packages brought into the park are subject to search and seizure.
LuAnn Ruff of Council Bluffs and the College World Series go back, back, back to the days of big hair and halter tops (though she didn't wear one herself) and beyond.
She remembers swapping cups of pop for autographed baseballs from University of Hawaii players in a Rosenblatt Stadium bullpen during a 1980 game, watching Dave Winfield pitch for Minnesota in 1973 and getting autographs from Oklahoma State's Robin Ventura (in 1987) and hundreds of other players.
On Thursday, Ruff and her daughter, Courtney, were collecting Stony Brook autographs when Coach Matt Senk noticed a cast on LuAnn's left arm.
Would she like him to sign the cast? he asked.
So it was that coaches and ballplayers scrawled their names on Ruff's cast as well as on a baseball, one of many ways that old traditions are blending into new as the College World Series opens for the 63rd time in Omaha and starts to grow along with its north downtown neighborhood.
“It still has that old feel,” said LuAnn, 50.
“As long as it stays in Omaha, it always will,” added 20-year-old Courtney.
Rosenblatt die-hards may argue, but there were signs in and around TD Ameritrade Park Thursday — despite the disappointment of severe weather canceling nighttime opening ceremonies events — that the old spirit is alive and well at the new College World Series.
You could hear it in Denise Italiano's voice.
“That's my son!!” the Long Island, N.Y., mother shouted when her son, Anthony Italiano, and his Stony Brook teammates walked into the ballpark concourse to sign autographs for at least 500 underdog-loving people. “Those are all my sons!”
You could see it in the faces of 10-year-old Connor Keep of Thousand Oaks, Calif., UCLA infielder Kevin Williams and Connor's dad, Bill.
The ballplayer's face lit up and Connor broke into a smile to match when the boy pulled out a homemade shirt for Williams to sign.
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“This is our Father's Day trip,” said Bill Keep, a longtime baseball coach. “I always wanted to go to the CWS. I always wanted to see Rosenblatt.
“We finally went two years ago. The closing of the old, the opening of the new, and now it's a family tradition.”
You could see it in the flags for this year's field of eight teams. They were to be raised on eight flagpoles in a Thursday night ceremony at Omaha's Baseball Village, a tent city outside the Old Mattress Factory bar and grill.
The flagpoles came from Rosenblatt. Old Mattress owner Fred Suarez bought them at auction last year and installed them along Cass Street. The flag raising is meant to honor the old and the new, as well as attract customers. Likewise, during the series, fans can duck out of the sun and into an old building Suarez is renovating next door, plop onto yellow, red and blue seats from Rosenblatt and watch a movie about Rosenblatt history.
An entertainment district — with the Slowdown nightclub, Film Streams theater and other restaurants and retail — is emerging in north downtown, and it's growing up with the CWS in its new digs, Suarez said.
You could taste it in the soft-serve ice cream at the old-school Zesto ice cream window, which is part of the new Blatt Beer & Table restaurant and beer garden across the street from TD Ameritrade Park. That is this year's biggest, most obvious new thing in the neighborhood.
Owner Mike Kelley wanted to bring Zesto from South Omaha to the new CWS. City planners said no to an ice cream window with a beer tent during the CWS. They pushed Kelley to erect a building with a full-service restaurant that would be open year-round.
In a hair-ruffling breeze in the Blatt's rooftop beer garden, Kelley looked across the street into the stadium and said he's glad the city pushed him. He expects the $3.2 million investment to pay off.
Ken Johnson, City of Omaha economic development manager, explained that the city's goal was to “create an image, a statement that showed that downtown Omaha was ready to take the next step to the next level.” The Blatt, he said, does that.
Does it seem sacrilegious to name the place “The Blatt”? Not to Steve Rosenblatt, son of the namesake of the old stadium, former Omaha Mayor Johnny Rosenblatt. He gave the restaurant historic pictures of the late Johnny at the old stadium.
“It took many years for the traditions to be created in and around Rosenblatt,” Rosenblatt said, standing beneath a picture of his dad swinging a bat. “What is happening here is new traditions are being made.”
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