2017 NCAA Men’s College World Series
June 17, 2017 – June 28, 2017
Outlined below is information pertaining to traffic and security for the 2017 NCAA® Men’s College World Series
METRO TRANSIT STADIUM EXPRESS
The METRO TRANSIT Stadium Express park and Representatives from the City of Omaha have been meeting regularly with representatives from College World Series of Omaha, Inc. (CWS, Inc.) and the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority (MECA) making preparations for the 2017 NCAA® Men’s College World Series®.
The Stadium Circulator connects the stadium with downtown hotels, public parking, the Old Market and other attractions. The Stadium Circulator operates on a 10 minute frequency and is in service 90 minutes prior to and until 90 minutes after the last inning. The one-way fare is 25¢. Signs with a baseball illustration, located at each bus stop, will make the route even more visible.
The Stadium Circulator will run continuously for the 2017 Opening Ceremonies on Friday, June 16th from 9:30 a.m. until 30 minutes after the festivities end.
Metro Transit also operates more than a dozen routes that offer scheduled stops within walking distance of the stadium.
The park and ride bus service will not operate this year.
More details on Metro’s Stadium Circulator or regular bus service can be found at www.ometro.com, or by calling 1-402-341-0800 or 1-402-341-0807 TTY.
TRAFFIC AND PARKING
-Law enforcement personnel will be patrolling TD Ameritrade Park Omaha and directing traffic. For everyone’s safety we urge both pedestrians and vehicular traffic to follow the directives of law enforcement personnel.
-Vehicles parking in MECA managed surface parking lots will be allowed to tailgate. Tailgating will be allowed inside the lot, but all grills and other personal property will need to be kept in close proximity to your vehicle and should not extend into drive lanes or additional parking spaces. Tailgating is NOT allowed in the CenturyLink Center garage. Law enforcement personnel and security officers will be monitoring activities within and surrounding all MECA managed parking lots. All personal property must be removed from parking lots at the end of each night. All MECA managed lots will open at 8:00 a.m. and close 90 minutes following the conclusion of the last game.
-Lot D is a “pass lot” for the CWS season-ticket holders, with the exception of Opening Ceremonies day, when there is limited availability for parking due to the location of the fireworks set-up.
-Lot B also is a “pass lot” for CWS game days. MECA advises it will be available for paid public parking only for Opening Ceremonies on June 16th with limited availability.
-There are various private parking lots in the downtown area where vehicles are subject to private tow. Fans are encouraged to visit ParkOmaha.com or the CWS website at www.NCAA.com/CWS for information on available parking. CWS visitors should leave early and plan to arrive at least one (1) hour before the start of each game.
-If you prefer to travel on two wheels, the City is offering dedicated parking for both motorcycles and bicycles. Motorcycle parking is available on Mike Fahey Street, between 13th and 14th Streets, on the south side. If you ride a bicycle, free valet service is available on Mike Fahey Street between 13th and 14th Streets, on the north side. There are also additional individual bicycle racks located throughout the Old Market and North Downtown. Individual bicycle racks and bicycle valet parking locations are located on the attached map.
-Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) parking is available on first-come, first serve basis in MECA managed parking lots at no charge for vehicles displaying the appropriate hang tag or license plate. (ADA) Parking is available, but limited in lots A, B, and D (with a lot D pass), on the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha/CenturyLink Center Omaha campus. Those needing ADA parking should plan to arrive early.
Persons with disabilities may be dropped off southwest of the stadium near the corner of 12th and Mike Fahey Streets. Elevators are located south of the ticket windows near Gate #2 as well as south of Gate #1 at the Suite/Club Entrance on 13th Street.
Do not leave any valuables inside your vehicle.
Taxi Stand: Taxi stands will be located at 12th and Cass and between Capital and Cass on 10th Street and on Cuming Street next to the Holiday Inn. Numerous taxis will be available for transportation.
Pedicabs: Pedicabs will stage on 12th and Mike Fahey Street, across from TD Ameritrade Park Omaha. A link to the city ordinance regarding pedicab operation is below. Pedicab Ordinance
Ride-Share: The ride-share pickup and drop-off will be located in the cutout along 10th Street, in front of CenturyLink Center Omaha, towards the north end. Signs will be posted.
Low speed vehicles and motorized cart restrictions:
The operation of “motorized carts” is prohibited in Omaha:
Motorized cart: All four-wheel vehicles which are motor driven and no more than 76 inches in overall length and no more than 26 inches in height. For the purposes of this article, the terms “karts,” “carts,” “go-carts,” “go-karts” and motorized cars coming within the above specifications shall be included and are intended to be included in the definition of “motorized cart.”
Certain “low speed vehicles” are allowed on Omaha streets:
60-6,380. Low-speed vehicle; restrictions on use:
A low-speed vehicle may be operated on any highway on which the speed limit is not more than thirty-five miles per hour. A low-speed vehicle may cross a highway on which the speed limit is more than thirty-five miles per hour. Nothing in this section shall prevent a county, city, or village from adopting more stringent ordinances governing low-speed vehicle operation if the governing body of the county, city, or village determines that such ordinances are necessary in the interest of public safety. Any person operating a low-speed vehicle as authorized under this section shall have a valid Class O operator’s license and shall have liability insurance coverage for the low-speed vehicle. The Department of Roads may prohibit the operation of low-speed vehicles on any highway under its jurisdiction if it determines that the prohibition is necessary in the interest of public safety.
Low-speed vehicle means a four-wheeled motor vehicle (a) whose speed attainable in one mile is more than twenty miles per hour and not more than twenty-five miles per hour on a paved, level surface, (b) whose gross vehicle weight rating is less than three thousand pounds, and (c) that complies with 49 C.F.R. part 571, as such part existed on January 1, 2011.
Low speed vehicles are considered “Motor Vehicles”; therefore must be registered in accordance with 60-383.02. The fee for such registration is $15.
Since Low speed Vehicles are classified as “Motor Vehicle”, they must comply with the “Rules of the Road” the same as any other motor vehicle.
All Statutes pertaining to the Rules of the Road will be enforced.
Low Speed vehicles can NOT be used as a “taxi” type service. This includes charging an actual “fare” or as a gratuity based transportation service. These vehicles however, can be used as a hospitality/courtesy transport (where no money is exchanged).
Law enforcement personnel and security officers will be at all entrances to the stadium to screen fans and employees. Purses, fanny packs, medical kits and other personal items brought into the stadium may be subject to inspection.
Per Nebraska State Law, open containers of alcohol are not allowed on public streets. Officers will be strictly enforcing “open container” and “minor in possession violations.”
ITEMS NOT ALLOWED IN THE STADIUM
-Bottles or cans
-Outside food or drink (20 ounce or smaller empty, clear plastic bottles will be allowed for water)
-Food or drink coolers
-Bags or packs greater than 14” X 19” (refer to posted signs)
-Frisbees or beach balls
-Noise making devices of any kind (i.e. bells, whistles, horns, etc.)
-Illegal drugs or alcohol
-Weapons of any kind, including lawfully concealed firearms
-Commercial signs or banners without the prior approval of MECA
-Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drones) are not permitted on MECA’s campus
-Cameras ARE permitted for still photography and video for personal use, but lens length must be no longer than approximately one inch, and no additional detachable lenses will be permitted.
-Any item deemed to challenge public safety
The FAA mandates that a five-mile radius from an airport is a controlled air space. The FAA created controlled air spaces for the purpose of protecting national security and public safety. The area including TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center falls within the five-mile zone surrounding Eppley Airfield. As a consequence, anyone wishing to operate an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) within this controlled air space must comply with all regulations mandated and enforced by the FAA. These requirements include (but are not limited to) filing for and receiving an exemption to the controlled air space, registration of the UAV, navigation of the device by a licensed pilot and notifying the airport operator and control tower.
Banned items will be disposed of if left at the entrance/gate. If you see something, say something. Report suspicious activity to local law enforcement or call 911.
Guests with special dietary are urged to email firstname.lastname@example.org prior to entering the stadium, regarding dietary needs.
You can call TD Ameritrade Park Omaha at 402-546-1800 the day of the game with any question or concerns about what will be allowed into the stadium. The CWS of Omaha Inc. hotline will also be in service on game days: (402) 554-4404.
Other Stadium Information
-Gates open 2 hours in advance of game time (parking lots open at 8:00 a.m. for all game days)
-Fans must leave between games. Gates will reopen either two hours before the next game, or if less than two hours, once the stadium had been cleared.
-Anyone needing to leave the stadium and then re-enter will be screened again before being allowed back into the stadium
-No overnight parking will be allowed in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha parking lots. Parking lots will close 90 minutes after the last game of the day. Any vehicles left overnight will be towed at the owner’s expense
-Due to security measures at the gates and limited parking available, please allow extra time to find parking and your seats
-Report all suspicious behavior in parking lots and inside the stadium to law enforcement personnel immediately
-TD Ameritrade Park Omaha is a smoke-free facility. Any person who refuses to comply with the policy shall be subject to ejection from the facility. Outside smoking areas are located outside all entry gates. Smokers must stay 20 feet away from the gate entrance. Electronic or vapor cigarettes are also prohibited.
-A temporary AM Radio station will be established to broadcast CWS info. The channel, at AM 1670, can be heard within three miles of the stadium.
-Emergency alerts and other public safety information specific to the CWS and the area around the stadium will be sent using the Ping4 mobile app, http://www.ping4.com/.
-AAA Nebraska is offering free tow, lockout, and jumpstart service to any patrons at the CWS.
Tickets may not be resold for more than face value on the grounds of TD Ameritrade Park, or within a ½ mile radius of the stadium. The Omaha Police Department will be actively enforcing all scalping laws.
-Reserved tickets for games 1-4 and finals games 1-3 show a face value of $37.00, $39.00 or $41.00.
-Reserved tickets for games 5, 7, 11, & 13 show a face value of $32.00, $34.00 or $36.00. (Game 13 if necessary)
-Reserved tickets for games 6, 8, 9, 10, 12 & 14 show a face value of $35.00, $37.00 or $39.00. (Game 14 if necessary)
-Club seat prices are $70 for games 1-4, $65.00 for games 6, 8, 9, 10, and 12, and $60 for games 5, 7, 11, 13, and 14. (Game 13 and 14 if needed)
-A book of 10 general admission tickets is $90.
-General Admission individual tickets purchased at the box office are $15.00.
Please note that the box office will use dynamic pricing for all games, so day of game ticket prices may be higher than the advance sale prices.
Tickets will be electronically scanned again this year. Once scanned, the ticket is cancelled. The only way to ensure tickets are valid is to purchase them through the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha Box Office (once the College World Series begins), Flash Seats or the NCAA Ticket Exchange. Click on http://ncaa.com/cwstickets for more details.
GENERAL ADMISSION TICKETS
Although fans with general admission tickets may enter through Gates 3 or 4 (northeast and southeast entrances), the line for admission will form on 10th Street and will wrap around to the south along the 10th Street sidewalks, into Lot B. Maps are available at the box office.
RESERVED SEATING TICKET PURCHASES
There will be a limited number of reserved seating tickets available for each game being played that day. Those who wish to purchase tickets will need to assemble near Gate 2 (southwest corner) at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office. Starting at about 9 a.m., a random drawing will be held every day games are played to determine the order in which fans may line up to purchase reserved seat tickets. The random drawing process is in place to provide the fairest ticket sales process possible to all fans. By removing the incentive to arrive early, the random drawing saves time for ticket purchasers and significantly decreases the chance for scalpers to be the first in line. Scalpers have historically paid people to arrive hours before a sale in order to ensure a space at the front of the line. About thirty minutes before tickets go on sale, each person 16 years of age or older will be assigned a number. That number will also be put into a box. A box office member will then randomly draw a number from the box.
The person holding that number becomes the first person in line. The remaining guests will fall in line behind according to their number. For example, if No. 5 is drawn, the person assigned No. 5 becomes the first in line, followed by the persons assigned 6, 7, 8 and so forth. This continues until the highest number originally handed out is reached. After that, the person assigned No. 1 will join the line, followed by the remaining people in the order of the numbers they are holding with the person having No. 4 becoming the last in line.
Anyone who arrives after the numbers are handed out would join the line behind the last person holding a number.
We recommend that the general public visit the CWS websites at http://www.ncaa.com/CWS or www.CWSomaha.com for additional information. You can also contact TD Ameritrade Park Omaha at 402-546-1800 (once the College World Series begins) if you have any questions during the CWS.
— Dep. Chief Gonzalez (@OPDdcGonzalez) June 13, 2017