Officials offer insight for CWS restrictions, other upcoming events

NAIA, swim trials are on the calendar.
Published: Mar. 9, 2021 at 9:47 PM CST
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Officials say it’s too early to tell what restrictions could look for events further away on the calendar. But one of the biggest sporting events in Omaha since the pandemic started will tip-off this weekend.

Teams and fans traveling from across the country will arrive in Omaha for the NAIA men’s and women’s basketball tournaments at Creighton’s Sokol Arena.

The Omaha Sports Commission says it could be a sign of what’s to come.

“Every day we are working diligently to work out and what we can safely hold,” president and executive director Josh Todd said.

This weekend’s capacity at Creighton’s Sokol Arena stops around 500 fans, which is about 20 percent of what it can normally hold.

“The national governing bodies, they dictate the capacity limits they wanna see at their events,” Todd said.

6 News asked the Metro Entertainment Convention Authority about NCAA Sports at TD Ameritrade Ballpark and CHI Health Center Arena. Forty-eight teams will play the NCAA Volleyball Tournament downtown next month.

A spokesperson says the number of fans and capacities for that tournament are still to-be-determined.

“I think it’s a signal from our industry that we’re hopeful there’s a light at the end of the tunnel,” said Kristyna Engdahl, director of communication.

The same TBD status applies to Omaha’s favorite weekend, the College World Series. Whether CWS and other upcoming sporting events will be free from restrictions depends on the virus and how seriously we take it now.

“We hope people realize the economic and social impact sport has, especially in Omaha,” Todd said.

As for the upcoming Olympic swim trials, the Omaha Sports Commission president expects to announce details in the coming weeks. The non-profit says restrictions set by organizations may be different than local restrictions, and they plan to defer to organizations, which are often lower capacities than local officials.

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