A change in start times and greater use of instant replay highlight several changes for the College World Series officially announced Tuesday.
Game times will return to starts of 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. after being pushed back last year. Gates at TD Ameritrade Park will open approximately two hours before the start of the game each day.
Instant replay will also be expanded, allowing umpires to review calls on balls that land near the outfield foul lines. Replay was introduced to the CWS last year to allow umpires to review whether an apparent home run is fair or foul; decide if a ball left the playing field for a home run or a ground-rule double; and look at spectator-interference plays on home runs.
This year will also see the return of musical guests to the Opening Celebration Day. O.A.R., which has provided music for ESPN’s coverage of the CWS, will perform a free concert outside TD Ameritrade Park on June 14 prior to the start of the opening ceremonies.
Other changes include:
>> "The Road to Omaha" sculpture will get new ambient lighting and background panels.
>> New parking meters installed on the west side of 12th Street from Cass Street north to TD Ameritrade Park will be bagged during the Series and unavailable for parking, to assist with pedestrian and emergency vehicle access.
>> The installation of a 10-foot-wide sidewalk on the east side of 13th Street between Mike Fahey and Cass Streets and new crosswalks at 12th, 13th and Cass Streets.
>> CWS fans with Club Level tickets will have expanded food and beverage options this year, including the availability of beer and wine.