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Omaha Preparing For College World Series


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Omaha Preparing For College World Series

By Josh Egbert. CREATED Jun 9, 2014

Omaha, NE- Omaha is on the clock, rushing to get things ready as thousands of fans prepare to invade the city. Opening ceremonies will begin at 8:45 Friday night with the first pitch of the 2014 College World Series set for 2pm Saturday.

As the players for all eight teams prepare to arrive in Omaha, vendors and businesses around TD Ameritrade Park are getting ready too.

You can call it the calm before the storm.

"It definitely picks up a little bit, just a smidge though." said Josh Stroeher with The Blatt and Table.

It will soon be standing room only inside The Blatt and Table. The bar and restaurant is preparing for its third College World Series.

"You just prep a lot, try to get the new servers, new bartenders ready for it and you just kind of put your shoe down and push through and hope it all turns out well." explains Stoeher.

Just across the parking lot, the Oakley representatives are also setting up shop.

"This is a new set up for us, we were across the street before, feel like there's a lot more activity going on over here, so we're excited to get over to the new venue and hopefully get some more traffic." said Frank Shaw with Oakley.

They should have no problem with traffic as thousands will fill Baseball Village during the tournament.

Last year's CWS drew more than 340,000 fans from across the country. Vendors, like Oakley, say they're ready.

"It's hard to know exactly what to expect because you can never be too prepared but we've done our due diligence and spent some time placing good orders, got a lot of new product come in." said Shaw.

Inside the park, grounds crews are making sure the grass and infield are ready for their spotlight.

"It's kind of been our baby since 1950, but it's matured beautifully and we're excited to show it off again this year." said Kathryn Morrissey, Executive Director of College World Series of Omaha, Inc.

Preparing for the CWS is a year round job. Morrissey says this week is about final touches and making sure the teams are getting taken care of.

"We're working really closely with the teams, as well as our service club hosts, the hotels that will be hosting the teams, make sure they're in touch with each other so we can offer a warm welcome when they arrive."

Morrissey says they will also start preparing for the 2015 College World Series during this year's festivities.