CWS 2022 EVENT GUIDE: What you need to know before heading to the College World Series
Find schedules for games & events; check information on parking, tickets & safety
OMAHA, Neb. (WOWT) - Who’s ready for some baseball?
As you prepare to head to downtown Omaha in the coming days for food, fun — and yes, also baseball — 6 News is On Your Side helping you make your plans to attend this year’s College World Series.
ACTIVITIES: This year’s Baseball Village is bigger and better than ever. Dozens of vendors and more places to shop — with boutique stores are now in the mix.
Fan Fest is back this year after a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic. It features games for all ages, including a home-run derby, lacrosse, and even basketball.
FOOD COURT: It’s bigger than ever before with more food options, including vegetarian items, with long-time vendors adding new attractions.
There are picnic tables this year and a new way to purchase drinks at the Old Mattress Factory, where they’re testing out a pilot program allowing card purchases — the rest of the tents are still cash-only. Organizers reminded fans that there are ATMs available throughout Baseball Village.
SCOOTER RESTRICTIONS: While it’s definitely tempting to hop on a scooter to zip around the CWS area, the city has scooters geo-fenced to keep the big crowds of those walking around the park from having to dodge those riding scooters.
GETTING AROUND: The Circulator is back in action, moving people from the Old Market to the ballpark with a bunch of stops in between. It’s especially handy for those parking a ways from the stadium.
The Circulator runs all day during Opening Day; on game days, it will run from an hour before the start of the first game until an hour after the second game ends.
WALL OF CHAMPIONS: The main reason teams are here for the NCAA college baseball tournament is to bring home a championship.
The wall on the south side of the stadium features every College World Series champ. It has a new addition this year: Mississippi State won CWS last year, it’s first in any sport.
If you’re wondering, Texas has the most baseball championships of any team here this year; they’ve won six.
The 2022 College World Series gets underway this week with several opening day activities and special celebrations set for Thursday.
Teams will begin practicing at 9 a.m., and Fan Fest will open at 11 a.m.
That evening, join baseball fans far and wide for a special screening of “Field of Dreams” at 6:30 p.m. at Charles Schwab Field, just ahead of Opening Ceremonies at 9 p.m., which will include a fireworks finale.
Games get underway at 1 p.m. Friday, when Oklahoma and Texas A&M take the field. Game 2, matching up Notre Dame and Texas, is set to start at 6 p.m.
Games 3-12 follow that same schedule through Wednesday, June 22. Finals start Saturday, June 25.
GENERAL CWS 2022 INFORMATION
THEME DAYS & GIVEAWAYS
Fans are encouraged to participate in theme days planned throughout the tournament.
- June 20: On Teacher Appreciation Day, the first 250 teachers get a Levy gift card when they present their teacher ID for Game 7, starting at 1 p.m. For the 6 p.m. game, kids can run the bases during Youth & Family Night activities.
- June 21: There will be a sunglasses giveaway at Game 9, starting at 1 p.m.
- June 21: Game 10, starting at 6 p.m., will honor “Heroes in the Heartland” with a flyover in recognition of those serving in U.S. armed services as well as first-responders.
- June 22: At Game 12, starting at 6 p.m., fans are encouraged to wear their favorite country apparel for Country Night. Fans attending the 1 p.m. game can collect a Rawlings keychain.
- June 23: Get out your favorite vintage gear to celebrate Throwback Thursday.
Omaha Police shared details Wednesday about what to watch for to stay safe during this year’s tournament.
Reporters Ashly Richardson and Brian Mastre contributed to this report.
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