Crews are putting the finishing touches on the stage for Friday’s free College World Series rock concert. It’s called the Road to Omaha Jam and it’s just another way that the NCAA AND CWS Inc. work to up their game for the fans every year.
Merchants are fine-tuning their inventories. The Dugout, a hat and T-shirt place across the street from TD Ameritrade Park, needs space for the new products. Five dollars gets you something off-the-rack from last year or beyond.
George and Ann Pratt of Bellevue both attended TCU and they stopped by looking for the Horned Frogs.
Karl Kuhn gets and extra special weekend. He’s an assistant coach for Virginia and his kids are along for the Father’s Day opening of CWS play.
Kuhn said, “To now have my kids here with me on Father's Day in Omaha -- it's surreal."
TCU came straight from the airport to the stadium to knock the edge off of actually being at the College World Series.
Coach Jim Schlossnagle said, “They're very aware of how lucky they are."
We saw a couple players with Go-Pro headgear to record the memories.
Schlossnagle said, "That's the easiest ways for those guys to walk around and record this whole experience."
TCU hasn't been back to Omaha since it played in some of the last games at Rosenblatt. The coach likes the new park.
“It's exciting,” he said. “It has a lot of shine to it.” But tradition is a big part of baseball and he added, “Rosenblatt holds such a special place in everyone's heart."