67th College World Series: Year of “New”
June 16th, 2016
64 teams are now 8. The brackets are set. The field is ready. And no doubt, thousands of fans are already on their way to Omaha for the 2016 College World Series.
This marks the 67th consecutive year Omaha has played host to college baseball’s championship event. It’s been 6 years since the series moved from South Omaha’s Rosenblatt Stadium to T.D. Ameritrade Park downtown.
Jack Diesing, president of College World Series Omaha, Inc., said because of the relatively short amount of time the series has been at its new home, new traditions are forming all the time.
This year’s team dinner event, normally held in Lot D near the park, will instead be in Creighton’s Morrison Stadium.
“[The student-athletes] are going to interact with some kids from the Police Athletic League from Christie Heights,” Diesing said. “Then we’re going to have a great parade down (Mike) Fahey Street, led by the police. It will give the kids an opportunity to walk down amongst the fans, walk into the stadium for the opening ceremonies.”
Diesing said there will still be the traditional Olympic style opening and march in of the teams, followed by a recognition of the student-athletes’ academic accomplishments.
For the fans, Deesing said people can now take tours of T.D. Ameritrade Park, and see things most people don’t get to on game days. Tickets are $7 and tour times are limited.
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