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For the first time, College World Series tickets only digital

Updated: Jun. 7, 2021 at 5:00 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Later this month, College World Series fans who will make their way to TD Ameritrade Park will find an almost touchless environment.

No money will be exchanged for hot dogs, peanuts, or other snacks, and no one will need an actual paper ticket for admission.

A digital ticket for CWS fans has been an option for about 10 years. But this is the first year digital tickets will be the only option for CWS fans.

“In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, we are examining ways that we can limit touchpoints between our venue staff and guests and it was something that seemed to work well. Guests were already adapting too because it’s so easy to carry your ticket on your phone,” said Kristyna Engdahl, Director of Communication MECA.

Officials are hoping digital tickets will eliminate illegal ticket activity at the CWS.

“We hope by having more sophisticated ways of tracing these tickets that not only will it help eliminate the potential that these tickets are shared between people illegally but also that we can keep track of who’s buying them and who are potentially sharing them.”

Chad Carr is the President of Ticket Express, his company has been selling CWS tickets for years. Carr believes there might be some growing pains for buyers and sellers of tickets, but it’s a good thing overall.

“I definitely think for the long term it’s a great thing not only for people that are coming to visit Omaha but basically, season ticket holders as will really feel it’s a win-win,” said Carr.

But he also says the big losers will be the people outside illegally scalping tickets.

“All of the guys that you used to see outside selling tickets, they’re all gone, they all disappear. They will not be outside anymore and the reason why is because all of the tickets are digital, not physical tickets, so there’s noting for them to hold up outside,” said Carr.

But where there’s a will, there’s a way, and it might just be a matter of time before the scalpers are holding up phones instead of tickets.

“I can’t wait for the 19th to see it so we’ll see what happens. I don’t think they’re going to do that but you never know, you never know.”

MECA officials say that there will be a trained staff in the stadium for those who have difficulties with technology to help guide people through the process.

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