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Reaching one’s 69th year might indicate the need to slow down. But not Omaha’s College World Series, a hometown institution since 1950. In 2019, the CWS continues to show incredible vigor and ambition.

Many of the schools competing in this year’s CWS have been regulars over the past decade. Many Texas Tech, Florida State and Louisville fans will likely know their way around Omaha’s north downtown area at TD Ameritrade Park. Numerous Mississippi State, Arkansas and Vanderbilt boosters may have a favorite restaurant or retail shop they’ll want to visit in the Old Market.

Whether CWS visitors are regulars or newcomers, Omahans are eager to help everyone make the most of the entertainment, dining and other amenities our area has to offer.

The CWS — which has commendably joined with the NCAA to fund rehabilitation of flood-damaged baseball and softball fields in our area — has helped build an impressive brand for our city. Omaha is now a respected host city for multiple national and international sporting events. We’ve welcomed visitors to NCAA volleyball and basketball tournaments, the Olympic swim trials and the international equestrian World Cup. The momentum for that success started, decades ago, with the CWS’s success.

This year, the series’ attendance of up to 360,000 could generate an economic impact topping $70 million.

Omaha’s CWS — still going strong at age 69, with even bigger plans for the future.

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