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Video: See some of the new food options at this year's College World Series.
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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.
Longtime restaurateur Ron Samuelson has a message for Omaha diners: Restaurants in the Old Market aren't slammed during the annual College World Series.
In fact, if you want dinner at one of his two Old Market restaurants, M's Pub or Vivace, or any other Old Market restaurant, you should venture downtown sometime between June 15 and 26.
“People in Omaha always assume that Old Market restaurants are inundated during the CWS,” Samuelson said. “And in the going on 25 years I've been down here, that has never been the case.”
Last year — the first year the series was at TD Ameritrade Park in north downtown — many Old Market restaurant owners expected big crowds, but they never materialized. For the most part, baseball fans didn't eat in the Old Market. They stuck to tailgating, ate at the concession stands inside the park, hung out at the CWS Fan Fest and packed adjacent restaurants and bars like the Old Mattress Factory and Slowdown.
And Omahans who thought the Old Market would be swamped didn't come, either.
This year, restaurants are doing what they can to get the word out to regular Omahans that parking, open tables and great people-watching are available in the Old Market during the series.
“The College World Series has always been kind of a slower time for the Old Market,” said Joe Gudenrath, executive director of the Omaha Downtown Improvement District. “With the series coming downtown and being a lot closer to the restaurants, some assumed that the proximity would yield larger crowds. Those higher expectations were not met.”
In 2011, for example, O Casual Dining and Pauli's set up a party tent near 10th and Farnam Streets but closed it several days before the series ended because business was so slow. Downtown restaurants extended their hours, opening earlier in the day and staying open later into the night, but the customers didn't show up.
Megan Longo, spokeswoman for Flagship Restaurant Group, said the Old Market locations of Blue and Roja are after Omahans, not CWS fans.
Blue will offer its happy hour all day June 18 through 21 on both floors of its downtown location, an attempt to draw regulars. And Roja offers three hours worth of free parking in an adjacent garage for customers every day from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.
“We'd be more than happy to see out-of-towners,” she said, “but we're really targeting our current Omaha crowd.”
Gudenrath said parking and traffic circulation around downtown Omaha — between Leavenworth and Cuming Streets and the Missouri River to 19th Street — wasn't a problem last year. This year, a Metro circulator bus will move people from the Old Market to the stadium and parking stalls all over downtown. The circulator costs a quarter a ride and runs continuously from 90 minutes before the first game all day long until 90 minutes after the final game ends each day.
Gudenrath said many of the 40,000 parking stalls in downtown Omaha are within a three-block walk of the bus stops.
One factor that may make this year different in the Old Market is the return of the Olympic Swim Trials.
In 2008, Samuelson said, his restaurants saw more out-of-town customers during the Trials than during the College World Series. Vivace stayed open late for swimmers looking to load up on carbohydrates such as pizza and pasta the night before a big event.
Swim fans, he said, are more adventurous eaters, are into eating healthy food and walked all over downtown. Baseball fans, he said, are more laid back and enjoy the casual dining options around the stadium.
“When you are a baseball person, you spend time at the ballpark,” Samuelson said. “You have to understand the psyche of the people you're dealing with. And Omaha is a big enough city now that it can handle two big events at once without Armageddon descending.”
This year the game times also are different, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Samuelson said that could mean seats for his regular lunch crowd early in the day and the potential for a dinner rush before the evening game begins. But nobody is counting on an influx.
During a 10-day event like the series, Gudenrath said, traffic all over downtown will ebb and flow. But there's room for everyone.
“I think a lot of people still have a Rosenblatt mentality,” he said. “You wouldn't ever go to the zoo during the College World Series. You wouldn't go near the stadium. And for people who might think the stadium and downtown is overwhelmed, it's truly not the case.”
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World-Herald food writer Sarah Baker Hansen samples some of the items available at TD Ameritrade Park during this year's College World Series.