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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: Creighton 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.
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From a traffic point of view, at least, Omaha's nearly three-week-long stretch as a sports hot spot will hit its apex early next Monday evening.
That's when up to 24,000 baseball fans will head to their seats at TD Ameritrade Park for what could be the final game of the College World Series.
A couple of blocks away, close to 13,000 swimming fans will settle in for the first night of Olympic Swim Trials. Plus, thousands of visitors will fill restaurants and bars in and around the venues and tailgate outside the ballpark.
All together, it will be the busiest two-event night north downtown has ever seen, and event organizers and local officials say they're ready.
After all, the same area has handled big crowds from concerts and baseball games, not to mention the 35,000 people who show up for the Berkshire Hathaway shareholders meeting each year. Omaha, they say, has grown up.
“Are we going to have some exhausted people at the end of all this run? Absolutely,” said Roger Dixon, president and CEO of the Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority. “But it's a fun thing. These are the challenges we love to be faced with. And it's why these facilities were built.”
Today, officials from the Omaha Police Department, MECA and the Omaha Sports Commission will share their plans to help keep traffic moving to and from the big events, including a shuttle service that will run from Midtown Crossing to downtown.
Not so long ago, the thought of the two events overlapping was nearly enough to make USA Swimming pick another city for the 2012 Trials.
It wasn't a concern in 2008, when Omaha hosted the Olympic Trials for the first time. Back then, the CWS was played across town at Rosenblatt Stadium, and there was a four-day gap between the last game and the first swimming race.
But when it came time to make plans for this year's events, both groups were looking at dates closer together. The NCAA planned to run the CWS through June 27 or 28 and USA Swimming wanted to start its event on June 24. There were worries about too much traffic, too few parking spots and sold-out hotels. Until both sides agreed to adjust their schedules, it looked like Omaha would lose swimming.
Once the city landed the Swim Trials, it had to prove it could pull off the seamless transition it had promised.
More hotel space was added in and around downtown, including 150 new rooms at the Hilton Omaha, across the street from the CenturyLink Center. There are now nearly 2,400 hotel rooms in the downtown area, up from about 1,750 rooms five years ago.
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Each big event at TD Ameritrade or CenturyLink has been a test run, with police and event organizers working out the best way to move vehicle and pedestrian traffic.
By the time of the biggest dual event to date, a night in May 2011 when 30,000 people had tickets to either Bob Seger at the arena or a Creighton-Nebraska game at the ballpark, fears of a downtown traffic Armageddon had more or less become a thing of the past.
Officials said these overlapping events might prove to be less of a hassle because so many of the people with tickets to baseball or swimming are from out of town. Many will stay in downtown hotels, so they won't be driving.
Plus, unlike the CWS, when all of the teams show up at the start of the event, the swimmers' arrival in Omaha will be staggered. Some who won't race until later in the Trials might not get to town until after baseball fans have already left. And there will be a divide in terms of where they head before and after the events; CWS fans tend to stay close to the ballpark, while people in town for swimming venture to the Old Market or farther west to dine or shop.
Officials say they'll encourage people to look for alternatives to driving and to come early to avoid problems.
Though much of the parking near the two venues will be taken up by CWS fans with parking passes, officials say there are plenty of spots elsewhere, including about 9,000 within a 12-minute walk of the ballpark and the CenturyLink.
Harold Cliff, president and executive director of the Omaha Sports Commission, said he expects the transition days to run smoothly.
And if that happens, he said, maybe people will stop wondering if this city is up to the challenge.
“In some cities that host numerous events, this would not even be a discussion topic,” he said. “In Omaha, because we haven't had that many larger events at the same time, it's a focal point for discussion, but it probably won't be in the future.”
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