TAKE ME OUT TO THE BALLGAME

Everything you need to know to enjoy this year's College World Series.

Quick links: Schedule of gamesWhat's newParkingBus serviceStadium guidelinesFan FestRoad to Omaha RunFAQsPuppy predictionsNew food

Saturday, June 11, 2016


The 2016 NCAA Men’s College World Series starts play on Saturday in the 24,000-seat TD Ameritrade Park and continues through the title game on Tuesday, June 28, or Wednesday, June 29. Opening Celebration Day is Friday, the same day that the Fan Fest and new Family Fun Zone open to the public.

SCHEDULE OF GAMES


Saturday, June 18
Game 1: Oklahoma State 1, UC Santa Barbara 0
Game 2: Arizona 5, Miami 1


Sunday, June 19
Game 3: TCU 5, Texas Tech 3
Game 4: Coastal Carolina 2, Florida 1


Monday, June 20
Game 5: UC Santa Barbara 5, Miami 3
Game 6: Oklahoma State 1, Arizona 0


Tuesday, June 21
Game 7: Texas Tech 3, Florida 2
Game 8: TCU 6, Coastal Carolina 1


Wednesday, June 22
Game 9: Arizona 3, UC Santa Barbara 0


Thursday, June 23
Game 10: Coastal Carolina 7, Texas Tech 5


Friday, June 24
Game 11: Arizona 9, Oklahoma State 3
Game 12: Coastal Carolina 4, TCU 1


Saturday, June 25

Game 13: Arizona 5, Oklahoma State 1
Game 14: Coastal Carolina 7, TCU 5


Championship Series


Monday, June 27
Finals Game 1: Coastal Carolina vs. Arizona, 6 p.m. (ESPN)

Tuesday, June 28
Finals Game 2: Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

Wednesday, June 29
Finals Game 3 (if necessary): Arizona vs. Coastal Carolina, 7 p.m. (ESPN)

SOME NEW WRINKLES

» Fans will be able to buy beer and wine for the first time throughout the stadium under a pilot program approved by the NCAA. Show an ID to get a wristband so you can be served.
» A new Family Fun Zone features a 100-foot-tall Ferris wheel ($5 per ride) north of the CenturyLink Center. Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. not only during the CWS but also through the final day of the U.S. Olympic Swim Trials on July 3. Throughout each day, find family-friendly activities and food trucks. For adults, beer and wine will be for sale.
» The Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority, which operates the ballpark and convention center, also is offering for rent three party bungalows, set up on the sidewalk in front of the convention center.
» A new online map is available to guide people to parking places during the series: parkomaha.com.

PARKING

» The TD Ameritrade Park/CenturyLink Center campus has about 4,000 parking stalls that can be used by the public, passholders and those with Americans With Disabilities Act needs.
» Public parking in Lots A, which is on Riverfront Drive east of Eighth Street, and the CenturyLink Center garage are available on a first-come, first-served basis. Both are underutilized during the series. Lot A costs $10 per vehicle. Parking in the garage will cost $12, down from $15 last year.
» ADA parking is free. A limited number of ADA parking stalls also is available in Lot B.
» Lots B and D are reserved for premium-seat and season-ticket parking passholders.
» All stadium lots open at 8 a.m. on game days and close 90 minutes after the event ends.
» No golf carts, Segways, motorized coolers, skateboards, bicycles or large balloons are allowed in the parking lots.
» Creighton University offers about 1,000 parking spaces along Cuming Street between 19th and 25th Streets. A fee will be charged.
» City of Omaha has several garages — there are several downtown with rates between $5 and $10 per day, as posted.

BUS SERVICE

Omaha’s bus company, Metro, offers the Stadium Circulator, which operates in a loop throughout game days and includes 18 stops in the downtown, Old Market and ballpark areas. Among the stops are several parking garages operated by the city. Cost is 25 cents. Bus service will begin 90 minutes before the first game and end 90 minutes after the last game. In addition, Metro has daily service with routes near the stadium.

STADIUM GUIDELINES

» Not permitted inside the stadium: bottles or cans, food or drink coolers, outside food or drink (20-ounce or smaller empty, clear plastic bottles will be allowed for water), large bags or backpacks, Frisbees or beach balls, large umbrellas, laser pointers, artificial noisemakers, fireworks, illegal drugs and alcohol, and weapons of any kind, including lawfully concealed firearms.
» Cameras are permitted for still photography and video for personal use, but lenses must be shorter than approximately 1 inch. No additional detachable lenses will be permitted.
» Law enforcement and security staff will be at all stadium entrances. Purses, fanny packs and other personal items brought into the stadium may be subject to inspection.
» Smoking is prohibited in the ballpark; electronic or vapor cigarettes are also prohibited. Outside smoking areas are located outside all entry gates.
» Per state law, open containers of alcohol are not allowed on public streets. Officers will strictly enforce “open container” and “minor in possession violations.”
» The area around TD Ameritrade Park and CenturyLink Center falls within the five-mile area surrounding Eppley Airfield. Anyone wanting to operate an unmanned aerial vehicle, such as a drone, within the controlled air space must comply with FAA rules. Those requirements include filing for an exemption to be in a controlled air space, registration of the device, navigation of the device by a licensed pilot and notifying the airport operator and control tower.

FAN FEST/FAMILY FUN

» Fan Fest is open 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. at Lot C and Mike Fahey Street, Friday through the title game. Try your skill at interactive games, listen to live music, snap photos with the championship trophy, buy CWS merchandise and pick up free samples from NCAA sponsors.
» The Family Fun Zone and Ferris wheel are open 11 a.m. to 11 p.m., north of CenturyLink Center, Friday through July 3 (to also be available for Olympic Swim Trials crowds). At various times of day find a magician, kids activities, vendors and food trucks from local restaurants.

ROAD TO OMAHA RUN

When: Sunday, June 26, at 8 a.m.
Where: Lewis & Clark Landing, 345 Riverfront Drive
Register: Online preregistration is encouraged. On-site registration begins at 6 a.m. the day of the event.
Details: 5-kilometer run/walk on paved trails and streets, with views of the Missouri River, downtown Omaha, Gene Leahy Mall and Heartland of America Park. The run is highlighted by a lap inside the ballpark, with runners displayed on the video board.
Beneficiary: Proceeds to the Omaha Parks Foundation
Cost: $30; $25 for youths 18 and younger
Awards: Category winners will receive two tickets to Game 2 of the CWS finals on June 28. Additional prizes, too, including for best male and female baseball-themed costumes.

FAQS

Is tailgating permitted?
Yes, it is allowed in all TD Ameritrade Park/CenturyLink Center lots — but there are rules. Tailgate festivities cannot extend into additional parking stalls and no tents may be staked into the ground. Charcoal dump stations and portable toilets will be provided within the parking facilities. Liquid charcoal starter or other flammable liquids are prohibited.
What forms of payment does the concession stand accept?
Cash, credit and debit cards. No personal checks.
Are general-admission tickets guaranteed?
No. The general admission section is restricted to the first 5,500 fans who arrive.
How early should I get in line to ensure I attend the game?
Much depends on who is playing, the day of the week and the weather. Because the gates open two hours prior to the first game, it is recommended that you get there around that time.
If I make it to the first game, can I stay for the second game?
No. The stadium is cleared between games. If you attended the first game, you must exit the stadium and get in line for the second game.
Which gate should I use?
Those with general admission tickets enter through Gate 3 or 4, on the east side of the stadium.
Where do I purchase tickets?
General admission tickets, costing $85 per book of 10 tickets, are available at locations throughout the metro Omaha area.
For all ticket information, including reserved seats and locations selling GA books, visit NCAA.com/CWS or primesport.com.
Can I leave my car overnight at the stadium?
No overnight parking is allowed on any TD Ameritrade Park/CenturyLink Center lot.
Is there dedicated bicycle and motorcycle parking?
Yes. A bicycle valet will be located on Mike Fahey Street between 13th and 14th Streets. For motorcycles, park on Mike Fahey Street along 14th Street.
Is there motor home/RV parking?
No motor homes (or other RVs) will be admitted to the parking lots. None of the lot entrances is wide enough to accommodate them.
World-Herald archives, CWSOmaha.com, Omaha Police Deparment, MECA. Photos by Ryan Soderlin, Rebecca Gratz, Sarah Hoffman, Megan Farmer / The World-Herald

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