More Ticket Holders Given Option To Drink At CWS

By: Brittany Gunter
By: Brittany Gunter

Beer and baseball. Many people think the two go hand in hand, but for years the NCAA has not served alcohol to most ticket holders at the College World Series. Now that policy is changing.

It’s Daniel Nieves first College World Series. He traveled all the way from Jacksonville, Florida to Omaha for the event. “We are going to be here for a week. We are looking to enjoy all the sights and sounds.”

He’s one of the tens of thousands that will be packing into TD Ameritrade Park for the games. Most recently at those games alcohol has only been served to fans in private suites, but now there’s a change. Beer and wine will now be an option for those with club level seats, that’s around 2,500 people.

Head of the CWS Dennis Poppe said the decision came after a survey from ticket holders showed that’s what they wanted. “I think the fan culture has changed and I think traditionally baseball and beer and hot dogs are part of the experience of going to a baseball park. It's probably a more contemporary approach to what we've had in the past."

As for everyone else, they won’t have the option of being served beer or wine. So will that policy ever change? "I think it's something that management will have to consider, it's certainly not out of the realm of possibility,” said Poppe. Many fans said they would like to have the option. “I think it’s a good thing,” said Neives.

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