Fan Banned from CWS, MECA Buildings After Incident

By: Lauren Squires Email
By: Lauren Squires Email

It's his favorite two weeks of the year but one CWS fan won't be enjoying any more games after he received a one year ban from all MECA buildings.

David Ashby was about to leave the stadium after the late game Saturday night. He says they had not been drinking and his friend was trying to figure out which gate to exit. Then he found himself with a ticket that banned him from the rest of the series.

“People call me the super fan. This is my best two weeks a year,” said Ashby. “I'm the guy that starts the wave.”

But an incident Saturday night has banned him from the College World Series and all other MECA events.

“We were at the top of the concourse. We were calling our ride to see which exit we should go out of,” said Ashby.

He says a security officer approached his group and asked them to leave.

“I said we're calling a ride. We're gonna get out of here. We just need to know where to go. So then 10 seconds and he's already taking me into custody,” said Ashby.

Nate Kennedy was the friend on the phone when it happened. He feels like the security officer was out of line.

“He was very combative and aggressive right from the start,” said Kennedy.

Ashby says the security guard called for back-up and then he was being escorted to the office.

“You're such a tough guy, I’m gonna show you what happens to tough guys. I hope you like the last game of the series,” said Ashby.

At the same time, he got a phone call from the person who was picking him up. He answered the phone. That's when he says he was assaulted.

“’Get off your phone, grabs it out to my hand, slams it against my head and rips it out of my hand,” said Ashby.

In the end, Ashby was issued this ticket for refusing to leave after being asked three times. He's banned from all MECA buildings for a year.

“MECA owns all the sports facilities in Omaha so apparently I can't go to any games,” said Ashby.

Channel Six contacted MECA, but they could not comment about this specific incident. Instead they said "it was determined that the individual needed to be removed and was."

Ashby filed a police report and says he hope someone rights what he says was wrong.

The company that helps supply security officials at CWS is Signal 88. They referred WOWT to MECA. Unfortunately in this situation, it is Ashby’s word against the security officer’s word. But he does not plan to take legal action.


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