The sale of general admission (GA) seat tickets for the 2011 NCAA® Division I Men’s College World Series® began on April 11, according to Herb E. Hames, ticket chairman of College World Series of Omaha, Inc. (CWS, Inc.).
General admission tickets, costing $80 per book of 10 tickets, are available through NCAA.com/CWS, from area service clubs, at all Hy-Vee supermarket customer service counters, as well as the Qwest Center Omaha, and other locations throughout the metro area.
“GA tickets are non-guaranteed seats in Sections 125 through 136 in the right outfield and left outfield bleachers of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, which have bench-style seats with backs,” Hames explained. “GA tickets are not designated for a specific game or date and these seats will be available on a first-come, first-serve basis.”
Nearly 5,500 general admission seats are available in the new TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, 100 more than in the past. GA ticket holders will be able to line up at Gates 3 and 4 starting at 8 a.m. (CDT), with gates opening two hours prior to the start of the game. GA tickets are good for all games, including CWS Finals games. Once the GA section is filled to capacity, the gates will close.
GA tickets may be upgraded for reserved seats the day of game based on availability at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office. The box office is located at 13th and Mike Fahey Streets.
A random drawing will be held at 9:30 a.m. on the days that games are played to determine the order in which fans may line up to upgrade GA tickets or purchase reserved seat tickets from the box office.
To upgrade a GA ticket to reserved ticket, the purchaser must pay the difference between the individual GA ticket price and the reserved seat ticket price, which is $17 for qualifying games and $22 for Finals games. There are approximately 900 reserved tickets available at the box office for each game at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
Reserved Seat Tickets
The advance sale of individual reserved seat tickets has been eliminated this year. Starting in May, season-ticket holders may sell or transfer their reserved seats to friends, family members or buyers through Flash Seats®, which is a marketplace endorsed by the NCAA and supported by the Veritix® secondary ticketing platform.
“The NCAA wants to provide season ticket holders with a sanctioned location where they can safely sell tickets that would otherwise go unused,” Hames explained.
In addition, club seat owners will also be able to sell their seats online through TicketExchange, which is supported by Ticketmaster.
“Club seats will only be offered through TicketExchange, although some single seats in the club section will be available for sale at the stadium ticket window on the day of the game, in case someone is looking for a single,” Hames added.
Both ticket marketplaces are accessible from www.ncaa.com/cws.
During the Series
Once the Series is underway, a limited number of individual reserved-seat tickets will go on sale through the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office starting at 10 a.m.
Historically, hundreds of additional tickets have become available each day because of tickets returned from team ticket allocations.
Individual reserved seat game tickets sold at the box office will cost $28 for the first 14 games and $33 for the Finals games. Starting at 9:30 a.m., a random drawing will be held every day games are played to determine the order in which fans may line up to purchase reserved tickets.
CWS Finals Tickets
Reserved seat tickets for all of the CWS Finals games, June 27, 28 and, if necessary, June 29, will be available the day of each game at the stadium box office. The TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office will open at 10 a.m. The same random-drawing process done for the qualifying games will be utilized for CWS Finals game tickets. The box office will be closed on Sunday, June 26.
About the NCAA®
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 400,000 student-athletes at more than 1,000 member colleges and universities.
Each year, more than 54,000 student-athletes compete in NCAA Championships in Divisions I, II and III sports. Visit ncaa.org and ncaa.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes.
About CWS, Inc.®
College World Series of Omaha, Inc., is the non-profit local organizing committee for the annual NCAA Division I Men’s College World Series. Its mission is enlisting wide-based community support from business, government, civic organizations and individuals to implement, promote, operate and host a successful CWS in Omaha in partnership with the NCAA.
Beginning in 2011, the Series will be played at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha starting on Saturday, June 18, with the first game of the CWS Finals beginning on Monday, June 27. The CWS Finals will conclude on Tuesday, June 28, or Wednesday, June 29.
NCAA and College World Series are licensed by or trademarks of the National Collegiate Athletic Association.