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College World Series: Fans with RVs hunt for campsite close to stadium

Updated: Jun. 21, 2021 at 2:45 PM CDT
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OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - For years some fans have traveled to the College World Series with a room on wheels and continue to do so today. But now once they park, they have to travel a longer distance to get to the games.

Officials say there are no RV campsites located around the stadium. Back when CWS was played at the Rosenblatt Stadium, there was a campsite within walking distance to the ballpark.

Dingerville was a prime location for fans who came to CWS in their RVs. But when the series moved downtown to TD Ameritrade Park, fans in RVs were on their own with no place to camp out.

“We have our own kitchen and our own facilities and we can come and go whenever we want,” said Ann Hahn, CWS fan.

Ann and her husband Tom, are camping at the Horseshoe Casino in Council Bluffs. This is their fourth CWS and they say finding a spot to camp this year was a little tough.

“It was really hard to find a campground like a private one or KOA and you know the states don’t take reservations so we found this last minute.”

Some of the closer sites around the Omaha metro were hit hard by the flood. Floodwaters wiped out the RV park at Bellevue’s Haworth Park.

After a lot of hard work, the site is making a comeback. This year, fans from Mississippi State have their flag flying high over the RV park.

“We travel full time so you know, we were in Starkville couple of weeks ago for Mississippi State Regional Tournament and then we just followed them up here,” said David McCleery, Mississippi State fan.

David is a county away from the ballpark. He says it took a little work to find a spot where he could make a reservation that’s not too far from the stadium.

“Not too hard, I was able to find this spot. A number of spots here in town from what I read are first come first serve which made me a little nervous. I didn’t want to travel you know 800 miles and not have a place to stay so that part made me nervous,” said McCleery.

A closer site was lost when the floodwaters wrecked the RV campsite at NP Dodge Park. Officials decided to permanently shut down the area.

David says the drive to the stadium so far has been worth the effort.

“Yesterday, we played Texas and I thought that was one of the biggest challenges and we came out ahead. So I was very happy to see that, think we have as good a shot as anybody,” said McCleery.

David isn’t worried about the long drive to the stadium, he just hopes he can continue to make that drive to cheer on his team.

“I hope so, I hopefully can be here two more weeks, till the end.”

Officials at the West Omaha / NE Lincoln KOA Holiday in Gretna say they are at 100% capacity with about 80% of those spots filled by CWS fans. The fans say they are already reserving spots with their RVs for the next year’s series.

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