A lack of recent favorites at the College World Series is not hurting ticket sales.
Herb Hames, volunteer ticket chair, says there are still teams that will draw in a crowd.
“We have Oklahoma State which is a drivable distance and they haven’t been here since 1999, so I do think we’ll get some good attendance from them,” Hames tells Nebraska Radio Network. “I also think TCU draws a really good Omaha crowd, because a lot of folks are grads or had kids graduate from TCU.”
“The majority of our season ticketholders just love the fact that this is still an amateur sport where they get to see future major leaguers,” Hames says.
Hames has been volunteering for the job for 25 years and works closely with the NCAA.
He says bleacher seats are always popular and group sales are big during the week when attendance is traditionally lower. He admits to worrying about one thing – the weather.
“When you have games in the afternoon when the temperatures are going to be in the high 90s, a lot of people may prefer to watch it on TV and sell their tickets to somebody else, so we’ll see how that goes,” Hames says. “I know it’s going to be a warm week, but that’s what the College World Series is all about.”
The College World Series begins Saturday at 2 p.m. in Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park.