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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.
Angie Rizzino couldn't find his old Stony Brook baseball cap, the one he earned in 1966, so his wife bought him a brand new one.
He doesn't know many people at Stony Brook anymore — he's lost track of all his old teammates — and he bought two decidedly non-VIP tickets way down the right-field line.
Rizzino left work early Friday afternoon at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, settled into his seat right before the first pitch and tried to push away a thought he feels is ridiculous
This coulda been me.
“Oh yeah, I think about it,” Rizzino says. “I really would've liked to have at least seen what I coulda done.”
Rizzino, now a veteran medical center researcher, played — or rather, almost played — on Stony Brook's inaugural baseball team in 1966.
His story is a footnote in the first chapter of the school's baseball history, a history that was almost entirely nondescript until this year's Seawolves made their odds-defying run to the College World Series.
Rewind 46 years, when Rizzino, a Stony Brook senior, heard that the newly established baseball team would hold open tryouts on campus. Rizzino was a top-rate sandlot player and often joked that “I majored in softball during college.”
Why not, he thought. I'll try out.
He made the team. So did pretty much everyone else who tried out, he says.
That gives you some sense of the state of Stony Brook baseball in 1966.
Here's another hint: The baseball coach was actually the Long Island school's basketball coach, Herb Brown.
You may remember Herb, who eventually coached the Detroit Pistons in the NBA. More likely you remember his brother Larry Brown, the hoops coaching legend.
So Stony Brook had a baseball coach whose real sport was basketball and players they had found on campus. The field's outfield fence was actually a snow fence. There were bleachers down the first base line, but no fans to actually sit in them.
“Most of us were at Stony Brook for a good education,” Rizzino says. “Playing baseball was just, you know, for fun.”
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That didn't temper his elation when Herb Brown gathered the team before its last preseason practice and announced the starting lineup. Rizzino in right field, he said.
In fact, the starting right fielder was so excited that when Brown said “let's do some sliding drills” he jumped to the front of the line.
Only one problem: They were practicing hook slides. And Rizzino had never done a hook slide before.
As he tried to slide, his cleat caught in the ground and his body crumpled on top of his right ankle. Teammates heard the crack. Soon he was getting X-rays and a cast at the nearest hospital.
He would never play college baseball, never even get a single at bat.
Rizzino stayed at Stony Brook for graduate school in biochemistry. He moved to Omaha on a frigid December day in 1983. He's established himself as one of the medical center's foremost researchers of stem cells, work he hopes will lead to breakthroughs in treating tumors.
He's also established himself as one mean slow-pitch softball hitter, one who can still rap doubles down the left-field line at age 67.
“I grew up in New York, so my dream was to play center field for the Yankees,” he says as UCLA begins to demolish Stony Brook's Cinderella story with base hit after base hit in the first inning. “Sometimes I've wondered, ‘What if I had hit really well? What if I would have gotten a tryout?' Who knows?”
It is a bad day for daydreams. UCLA scores five in the first inning on its way to an easy 9-1 victory.
That doesn't stop Rizzino from meeting and befriending the other fans in Section 100, Row 34, or clapping every time Stony Brook records a putout, or standing and singing all the words to “Take Me Out to the Ballgame.”
As the eighth inning begins, Rizzino has already found a silver lining. The College World Series is a double elimination tournament, after all.
Today was the first Stony Brook game that Dr. Angie Rizzino, Stony Brook's almost first-ever right fielder, has seen in 46 years.
On Sunday, he will be back to see his second.
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UCLA takes the field for practice at TD Ameritrade Park.
Stony Brook a big favorite at CWS.