College World Series attracts fans, families
June 14th, 2013
Omaha, NE — Game one of the College World Series hasnâ€™tÂ been played yet, but that certainly hasnâ€™t stopped the fun at TD Ameritrade Park for manyÂ Nebraskans and a lot of out of state collegeÂ baseball fansÂ looking for a good time.
Crowds poured into theÂ stadium Friday morning in hopes of snaggingÂ a couple ofÂ autographs and perhaps even a fly ballÂ from their favorite team.
Lee Malone, his wife Jennifer and their three children Jeffrey, Sarah and Jacob drove 11-hours from Louisville, Ky., to support theirÂ hometownÂ Cardinals.
â€œI graduated from the University of Louisville so weâ€™ve been Cards for life,â€ Lee said.
The family decided to attend their first College World Series following the Louisville and Vanderbilt game. Â They plan to tour the city before heading back to Kentucky.
â€œThey want to go to the Childrenâ€™s Museum and the Old Market,â€ Jennifer said.Â â€œWe have heard about a few things that sound interesting.â€
For many in attendance, the College World Series in Omaha is a cherished family tradition that they look forward to every year.
â€œWhen we first started coming it was lightly attended and they used to let us run onto the field after the championship game was finished,â€ said Omaha native, Lou Domenge. Â â€œTo us itâ€™s the biggest week of the year when the World Series comes here.â€
Jessica Nielsen has brought her children and others from their neighborhood to the OmahaÂ Fan Fest the past three years. She said the family friendly event is a lot of fun for everyone.
â€œI think itâ€™s a great attraction for Omaha,â€ Nielsen said. â€œIt showcases our city well and itâ€™s a great event for families.â€
Cameron Gordon,11, loves playing baseball. He hopes to receive a baseball scholarship and play in the big leagues.
â€œI like playing baseball and I want to get to this stage in my life and play in the College World Series in front of my hometown,â€ Gordon said.
The College World Series and OmahaÂ Fan Fest will wrap up with the Championship Game on either June 25th or, ifÂ necessary, the 26th.
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