College World Series attracts fans, families

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June 14th, 2013

Omaha, NE — Game one of the College World Series hasn’t been played yet, but that certainly hasn’t stopped the fun at TD Ameritrade Park for many Nebraskans and a lot of out of state college baseball fans looking for a good time.

Crowds poured into the stadium Friday morning in hopes of snagging a couple of autographs and perhaps even a fly ball 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 their hometown Cardinals.

“I graduated from the University of Louisville so we’ve been Cards for life,” Lee said.

The family decided to attend their first College World Series following the Louisville and Vanderbilt game.  They plan to tour the city before heading back to Kentucky.

“They want to go to the Children’s Museum and the Old Market,” Jennifer said.  “We have heard about a few things that sound interesting.”

For many in attendance, the College World Series in Omaha is a cherished family tradition that they look forward to every year.

“When we first started coming it was lightly attended and they used to let us run onto the field after the championship game was finished,” said Omaha native, Lou Domenge.  “To us it’s the biggest week of the year when the World Series comes here.”

Jessica Nielsen has brought her children and others from their neighborhood to the Omaha Fan Fest the past three years. She said the family friendly event is a lot of fun for everyone.

“I think it’s a great attraction for Omaha,” Nielsen said. “It showcases our city well and it’s a great event for families.”

Cameron Gordon,11, loves playing baseball. He hopes to receive a baseball scholarship and play in the big leagues.

“I 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,” Gordon said.

The College World Series and Omaha Fan Fest will wrap up with the Championship Game on either June 25th or, if necessary, the 26th.

 

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