Things look a bit different around T.D. Ameritrade Park in advance of the College World Series that gets underway later this week. Omaha is taking extra measures to protect fans during the games. This follows an attack in London when a van drove into a crowd of people killing eight.
Captain Adam Kyle with the Omaha Police Department says they added jersey curbs around the ballpark. He says, “Over 300 of them. They are on loan from the Nebraska Department of Roads. I wouldn’t say they run a 360 degrees circle around the entire T.D. Ameritrade area but we’ve got almost all of the area covered.”
Captain Kyle says the barriers will not cause traffic issues around the ballpark. He says the barriers are placed between traffic flow and foot traffic on the sidewalk. They sit on top of the regular curb to prevent vehicles from entering the sidewalk area.
Captain Kyle says they were first approached by the security team for Berkshire Hathaway to provide extra protection to shareholders attending the annual meeting in Omaha. He says they got the jersey barriers for the meeting about a month ago and surrounded the CenturyLink Center. He says they were met with a positive response so the barriers are now around T.D. Ameritrade Park hoping that fans will feel the same way.
Fans won’t see the typical gray barriers people have come to expect on road construction projects. Hot Shops Art Center in Omaha wanted to give the gray curbs more of a visual appeal and spent time this week painting them in bright colors to help add to the festivities of the CWS.