It was a packed and loud house at TD Ameritrade Park Sunday for the Big 10 Championship game. Nebraska fell to Indiana 8-4, in front of a record setting crowd.
Despite the loss, fans such as Lorrie Patterson told WOWT 6 News they support the team win or lose and are proud of all they accomplished the past week. “Husker nation always stays together, no matter what sport it is we come together," she said.
That pride’s reflected in the amount of people that attended the game. The total was 19,965 fans. It’s the most of any NCAA baseball championship game in history. Fans were excited that history was made right here in Omaha. “It's a great atmosphere I felt like when I was walking here I was going to a football game," said Morris Friedman. His wife, Cindy, said “This is great I'm glad we came. I said we gotta be a part of history."
The turnout impressed even the younger and most energetic fans, like baseball fans Tyler and Trevor Cox. “It gets loud yeah when they get big hits and stuff.” Their father, Nick Cox, brought them to the game. He went to Their father, Nick Cox, brought them to the game. He went to UNL and told WOWT 6 News he’s not surprised by the turnout. “Yeah it doesn't surprise me one bit, we're Nebraska, we're crazy," he explained.
But the high attendance did catch park staff off guard. Fans complained about extremely long lines at the concessions and overcrowding. “I had to wait an hour to get two bottles of water its ridiculous but besides that - it's alright," Morris Friendman explained. And Lorrie Patterson experienced a similar situation. “I think we waited like 20 minutes to get a hot dog - yeah so it's been pretty long."
Although it caused frustration, they admit it's only a good sign that fans stand behind the team.
WOWT 6 News reached out to MECA about the crowding problem. MECA admitted the park did not plan to have the nearly 20,000 fans. Because of that they only opened up the infield concessions. They said they understand fan’s frustration and are using this as a learning experience.
MECA added they originally had no plans of opening up the general admission outfield section. The decision was made last minute, when they realized just how high the demand to attend the game was.