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1st time in Omaha/College World Series

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1st time in Omaha/College World Series

My bf and I are planning to spend several days in Omaha during the College World Series. I realize that lodging around the stadium is VERY expensive during this time...knowing nothing about Omaha, is it essential that we stay near the stadium? Is there a lot of nightlife in Omaha, restaurants/bars that we could walk to etc? Or is it worth it to pay a lot less for a hotel, but have to drive?

We are on a budget, but would like to get the most out of our trip. Any suggestions on places to eat, things to do, etc. would be appreciated....He's a high school coach and I'm a teacher...we're pretty low key...enjoy a great meal, but are just as happy with wings and good beer. I plan to visit the zoo, but don't know much else to do besides games....we're not that into theatre or anything like that...basically, just two thirty-something baseball nuts.

Thanks in advance for your help!!

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1. Re: 1st time in Omaha/College World Series

Hi Courtnif - Next year will be a new experience for all of us since the CWS is moving into its new downtown stadium! It's hard to say what will happen with ticket availability, parking, etc. The new park is within walking distance of the Old Market, and that's where the major bar/ restaurant activity will be. If the downtown hotels are outside your budget (You're right, they'll be very expensive), staying farther out and driving in would be worth it. You'd have to pay to park downtown, but you could hang out before or after games in the Old Market. Have you looked at dates and prices yet? The Hilton, Marriott and Holiday Inn chains all have hotels near the park. Council Bluffs IA is also a closeby option. It's only about 5-10 minutes from downtown on the Iowa side. Some are attached to casinos or the Mid-America Center. Good luck with your planning!

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2. Re: 1st time in Omaha/College World Series

The previous poster is right - things will be different this year, but if you can, stay downtown in the Old Market area... It's a neat area and there are lots of restaurants/bars and some shopping, although not much.

The zoo is cool - also the SAC http://www.sacmuseum.org/ is cool but it's a bit of a drive outside of Omaha to the west.

Council Bluffs has some small casinos and the boats, but keep in mind that the smoke is really bad (if you are a non smoker). Smoking in public places is not allowed in Omaha and this includes restaurants.

Have fun!

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I would say to stay farther out to save money and drive in for the games if you are on a budget. Traffic in Omaha is generally light compared to large cities but I suspect that it will be a real goat rodeo downtown for the games. I am thniking that there will be some remote parking set up as well as parking by the new stadium which is not complete yet. There are a few motels by the Highway 50 exit of I-80 that are reasonable and some nicer choices at the 126th street / Harrison exit by the Cabela's.

Of course there will not be walking to a lot of nighlife in the suburbs - if you stay downtown that is where the action will be for sure - you have to decide that for yourselves.

If you are baseball nuts - check the schedule for our Minor League team Class A farm team for the Royals - the Omaha Stormchasers - they will be playing in a new facility in Sarpy County on Hwy 370 and about 114 st. They used to have to leave town for the CWS but now they have their own park - Omaha has so much money that they can build a stadium with no baseball team to play there except for the CWS.

The Stormchasers will be playing in town every day from June 9 - 16 some day games some night games.

As was said there are a lot of options in Council Bluffs by the Casinos. And in my opinion, they are not all that smoky - for casinos that is. They have a lot of entertainment options as well.

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Great points everybody! I think the hotels out by Cabela's are very new and are right off the interestate. I'm not sure what there is around the the hotels for restaurants, though, since it is so new(?). A kind of off the beaten path option would be to look around 180th, near Village Pointe and Legacy. There is a Holiday Inn Express, a Hampton and a Hilton Garden. These are all right next to shopping malls with lots of restaurant/bar options. The Westroads options would be a Hampton, Settle Inn, Marriott, Marriott Towneplace Suites, and Holiday Inn Crowne Plaza. These are still suburban, but closer in (about 100th and Dodge)and also have good dining options and excellent interstate access to downtown. The Marriott and the crown Plaza are usually team hotels, so they may be booked.

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5. Re: 1st time in Omaha/College World Series

Omaha is a great city to spend a couple of days. There isn't as much to do as in places like New York, or Boston, but some of the attractions are really world class. The Henry Doorly Zoo should not be missed. It is the best we've been to anywhere. We were also surprised by the diversity and quality restaurants. You can read a short write-up of our experiences here: http://wp.me/pWKMo-24

I'd second the advice to stay near "old market." We stayed in a Marriott Courtyard which was within walking distance of old market and had a shuttle van that would take you anywhere within 5 miles (I think), which was enough to get you to the zoo and museums, etc.

Happy travels.

Brian

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I too will be experiencing the CWS for the first time this June. I have my GA tickets, I rented a house 3 miles from the new stadium and we rented bikes to avoid traffic and parking. But my questions are related to the GA line to get in and the protocol. Since there are 5 of us...do all of us have to be in line a 8am? I understand we can submit our tickets in the lottery each morning to try to upgrade to reserved seats and that we can only upgrade 4 tickets. I'm seeking "culture" of the GA advice. THANKS...Donna

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All the previous replies are good advice. I heard on the news that there are 6,500 parking spaces near the 25,000 seat stadium. That might be an indicator of what to expect. You may get cheaper rooms going further out but it appears to me that if you can get a room anywhere downtown with parking (even if you have to pay extra to park), I’d grab it now. But that’s me, because I enjoy traveling more when don‘t have to drive and park. I predict finding parking is going to be very difficult. You might ask outlying hotels if they will have shuttles to the games and if available use them for other destinations too. If you can locate downtown, you will be in walking distance or a short cab ride to everything you identified you want. The Old Market will fill your entertainment needs unless you want to catch a movie or gamble, and the casinos are close across the river.

It really takes more than one day to do justice to the wonderful zoo. Also we discovered Lauritzen Gardens last year, it was a very pleasant experience, and I suggest visiting it in the cool of the morning. I recommend the step on, step off trams at both places then use them to adjust to your exercise level. Also for nice walks, I’m sure there will be activity on the river walk. You can traverse the pedestrian bridge, but on our last occasion the Iowa side was still undeveloped .

I have trip advisor restaurant reviews from the area and will be adding more. I try to be fair and accurate.

Baseball fans? If you have the opportunity, take time to go to Werner Park and see the Stormchasers in their new digs. I haven’t been yet, but anticipate a much more relaxed experience than the CWS.

http://www.omahabotanicalgardens.org/

web.minorleaguebaseball.com/team1/page.jsp…

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8. Re: 1st time in Omaha/College World Series

ncaa.com/sites/…2011cwsstadiumexpress.pdf As of right now this is the shuttle schedule, I can't help but think more transportation will become available. At the same time, based on the news tonight we may need to arrive in boats!

The Westroads option that you mention, has a shuttle and there are many good restaurants nearby.

Find a shuttle, a cab, a bus do not drink and drive in this (or the surrounding) cities, minus the obvious dangers of doing so they are hell on DD's!

This will be a year of "first's" even for us CWS "oldtimers". I hope you have a great trip!

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Thanks for the shuttle schedule. I'm somewhat concerned since I think most of us have GA tickets...that the shuttles will get us there in time to actually get seats. Donna

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10. Re: 1st time in Omaha/College World Series

I would be interested in hearing the experiences of people that used to attend at Rosenblatt of the new venue. Seating, tickets, and especially parking and logistics issues and overall how much did your costs go up now that the deal is downtown.