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College World Series planning for 50% capacity

Published: Apr. 23, 2021 at 12:57 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - An NCAA spokesman confirmed to 6 News on Friday that the 50% capacity limit would apply to this year’s College World Series “unless local health department guidance dictates otherwise.”

The NCAA spokesman said that barring changes in health guidance at participating cities, the half-capacity rule would also apply to all other outdoor spring championships

Preps are now underway to welcome fans back to Omaha just one year after the College World Series was canceled for the first time in history.

“We are very excited! When I think back to a year ago when the event had been canceled and we were refunding season ticket holders and here we are a year later and we are taking a big step forward!” said Kathryn Morrissey, CWS Executive Director.

Officials in Omaha are still very early on in the planning process.

“We have done, in the off months, several scenarios that were incomplete but at least gave us a path forward,” said Morrissey.

Those plans are helping to guide them now and we know concessions will be cashless and tickets will go digital. The rest will be left up to the NCAA to decide.

“There is a very, very strong likelihood that everyone will be masked inside the stadium but there are other details that the NCAA will work closely with our local and state health officials to determine.”

The College World Series is a huge economic booster, pre-COVID-19 it brought in 88 million dollars to Omaha. After a year off, bartenders near the stadium say they are ready to see fans again.

“I’m looking forward to it now. You know, mingle with people again. I personally haven’t bartended in a year so I’m just coming back and getting warmed up just for the CWS,” said Korey Culjat, Lefty O’Tooles bartender.

The next few weeks will be busy for businesses and CWS officials alike. The final plans will be put into place to keep everyone safe.

“I think the bottom line is we are excited to have college World Series back in a capacity, even a reduced capacity in the stadium!” said Morrissey.

The next step will be to figure out who will be at the games. The NCAA will decide if it will be just season ticket holders or if general admission seating will be allowed.

The event kicks off June 18th and will go until June 29th or 30th.

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