Major sporting events just keep landing in Omaha. World-class facilities, enthusiastic grassroots support and legions of hotels, restaurants and shops make for year-round excitement for local and visiting fans.
IN THE NATIONAL SPOTLIGHT
NCAA Men’s College World Series
Batter-up! “The Greatest Show on Dirt!” Played in Omaha since 1950, the NCAA Men’s College World Series returns to TD Ameritrade Park, June 15-25/26.
Capitol District Pole Vault
Pole vaulters get high in the Capitol District, Aug. 1. National competitors pursue qualification for the World Championships, and high school competitors reach for the sky … and state bragging rights. High school competition, afternoon; national athletes, evening; 1022 Capitol Ave.
Omaha’s River City Rodeo
Yes, rodeo is a sport. And Omaha’s River City Rodeo has been a tradition for more than 70 years. A weekend of extreme action is guaranteed as rodeo professionals qualify for the National Finals Rodeo. CHI Health Center Omaha, Sept. 27-28.
ON TAP FOR 2020
United Soccer League
Professional soccer is coming to Omaha in March 2020. Officials from the United Soccer League announced in early May that Gary Green, owner of the Omaha Storm Chasers minor league baseball team, had been awarded a franchise in USL League One. The team will play a 28-game season from March to October, with its 14 home games at Werner Park.
The path through March Madness starts in Omaha! College men’s basketball’s Elite Eight competition hits CHI Health Center Omaha, March 20 and 22, 2020.
Burlington Capital International Omaha
The Midwest’s largest equestrian event features 200 jumping and 40 dressage horses competing for $400,000 in prizes. Includes entertainment, family-friendly educational displays and shopping opportunities. CHI Health Center Omaha, April 2020.
U.S. Olympic Swim Trials
Aquatic superstars splash their way to Tokyo 2020 when the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials return to Omaha for the fourth time. In addition to the competition, fans can immerse themselves in the USA Swimming Aqua Zone. CHI Health Center Omaha, June 21-28, 2020.
NCAA WOMEN’s Volleyball
The NCAA Division I Women’s Volleyball Championship returns to CHI Health Center Omaha for a fourth time since 2006. The local fan base loves this tourney, setting national records for attendance each year Omaha has hosted. December. 17-19, 2020.
Champions Professional Indoor Football League. Plays at Ralston Arena.
The Omaha Heart is an expansion team of the Legends Football League based in Omaha. The team, formed in 2012, plays at Ralston Arena. The team opened the 2019 season May 11 with the Seattle Mist. See the team in action at home June 1 against the Nashville Knights and July 13 against the Denver Dream. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.
The Tier 1 junior ice hockey team is a member of the West Division of the U.S. Hockey League. Plays at Ralston Arena.
Omaha’s all-female flat-track roller derby league. The girls “roll” at Ralston Arena.
Omaha Storm Chasers
The Triple-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals. Plays at Werner Park in Sarpy County, near Papillion.
ON THE COLLEGE SCENE
Men’s baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis. Women’s volleyball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, rowing, softball.
University of Nebraska at Omaha
Men’s hockey, baseball, basketball, golf, soccer, tennis. Women’s volleyball, basketball, cross country, golf, soccer, tennis, swimming and diving, softball, track and field.
World-Herald correspondent Melinda Keenan contributed to this report.