Per Jon's request I figured some of you would appreciate a guide to this year’s College World Series. Also, since TD Ameritrade Park is still new to a lot of folks heading to Omaha (and even to those that live within this fair city) I wanted to give some tips and tricks so your time here will be an enjoyable one.
If you made the trip last year for the unveiling of the TD Ameritrade Park era you saw a whole new experience and event that will develop for the better over time. Being located closer to downtown Omaha you’ll be closer to more areas of interest (like drinking, dancing, and just plain making a fool of yourself). Here is some helpful information:
When: 6/15/12 till 6/25 or 6/26 (if necessary)
Where: TD Ameritrade Park
Located on 1200 Mike Fahey Street in the rapidly developing North Downtown district of Omaha. Located within 3.5 miles of the airport and walking distance to downtown Omaha/The Old Market district. The event is run by College World Series of Omaha which on the website will provide details on tickets, events, rules/regulations, and any other FAQ you may have on the CWS.
Parking – This is still a new experience for both Omahans and out-of-towners alike. If you’ve been to the CWS before you’ll know that parking was kind of quirky at Rosenblatt. Parking now is a little more structured but still chaotic since this is a new adventure for everyone involved. Offical parking for TD Ameritrade is here.
Most of the streets around TD Ameritrade Park (as well as Downtown) are metered so if you’re early enough you could find a sweet spot a short distance away from the ball field. The meters around the stadium and surrounding areas are 10hr ones that go from 8:30am – 5:00pm (off on weekends) but check first to be safe.
If those are full there are lots of parking garages/lots around as well. Here is a good map of those between the park and downtown. They range from $8 to $30(!) and aren’t too much of a walk away. There is also parking available on Creighton’s campus which is just a few blocks to the west. Map is here. During the weekend there are going to be more spots available then the work week so if you are going to be around M-F be sure to get there early. Note: just because a lot is empty it may not be okay to park there and be sure the lot you choose is legit before parking.
If you want to be closer to the nightlife after the game I’d suggest parking in the Downtown / Old Market District and using the Stadium Circulator which connects the stadium with downtown hotels, public parking, the Old Market and other attractions. There is also the Stadium Express which will pick people up at Westroads Mall, Crossroads Mall, The Carol Hotel, and at locations in Bellevue, and Council Bluffs. Midtown Crossing will also have a shuttle service from about 31st and Farnam Streets for the championship series (June 24-25/26).
Expect the areas around TD Ameritrade Park and Downtown to be packed with cars, pedestrians, and dopey Iowegians so be careful. ProTip: If at all possible avoid Cuming Street (not a typo) and take alternate routes to get to and from the stadium.
If you’re lucky enough to get a TD Ameritrade/Qwest Center parking space be sure to follow all the rules here. There are also beer gardens and other amenities surrounding the grounds of the stadium and more will be posted on those when more information is available.
To do in Omaha:
Aside from the CWS event and downtown festivities be sure to check out the Henry Doorly Zoo (near the old Rosenblatt Stadium), The Durham Museum, and the ridiculous amounts of golf courses around the city. Also see saxattack29’s post on what to do in the Big O.
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