The eight teams making up the 2014 field for the College World Series will begin arriving in Omaha on Wednesday with a flood of fans in tow. One ticket broker tells Six News that fans of Texas Tech, a team that hasn't been to the CWS before, are grabbing tickets like crazy.
Fans who come by the ticket area at TD Ameritrade Park will notice the new statue dedicated to Dennis Poppe, Omaha's connection to the NCAA baseball for so many years.
As crews assemble the parts that will make-up Fan-Fest for Friday's opening day, city crews are renaming eight blocks along 10th Street with the names of those clubs that made it to Omaha. They include Anteaters Avenue.
Omaha’s Michael Dietz said he’d like to live on a street like that. “Yes I would,” he said. “That would be funny."
In the event of bad weather, there’s an A.M. radio station dedicated to providing updates for the crowd. It’s 1670. There’s nothing but static there now but during the series it can be heard in a three mile radius of the ballpark.
TD Ameritrade Park has always been smoke-free. That now includes electronic and vapor cigarettes. Beach balls are still banned but a number always seem to slip through.
Fans take it all in stride. There's enough going around the stadium to find something that seems new, even if it isn't.
Omaha’s Kienan Phelps told us, “I'm going to go to at least two or three games.
Dietz said, “I go to it every year, so it looks the same to me."
Air travelers are familiar with baggage rules and the ballpark has them as well. Carry-on's can only be so big. Bags for the College World Series that are allowed in are even smaller. The CWS even gives the dimensions: it's like a backpack.
Some fans make sure we remember what the event is all about, going back to the days at Rosenblatt. We asked Matt Thompson what he’s looking forward to the most and he said, “The baseball.”