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A few basics: If you don't care which 8 teams are there, you can see a

couple of games early and then go to Mt. Rushmore, but it's about 550 miles from Omaha or about 7+ hours of driving. Both places are designed to put tourist dollars into the pockets of the local economies, so expect high prices. The CWS is played at Ameritrade Park which is downtown, so all downtown hotels are triple their normal rates. Consider a VRBO option and rent from a local person (who might also have a parking pass and/or tickets to add value to the rental). The farther out of Omaha you go, the lower the price on housing.

There are two games per day, afternoon and evening, so you can get your fill of college baseball fairly quickly. If you are hoping to see a particular team, there will be a lot of down time between an individual team's games - basically every other day. The CWS is well supported by the local folks, so getting tickets from resellers is relatively easy, but could get expensive based on demand.

Omaha is on the Nebraska side of the Missouri River. On the Iowa side is Council Bluffs (where BOC is from) and they allow gambling in casinos located in the River, so there will be a static parking lot on the Iowa side and a flexible walkway to the casino on pilings in the River just off the Iowa side. Omaha has a fine zoo for another diversion away from baseball.

The CWS is worth going once, but more meaningful if the Hoos are in it. But as a stopping point for a couple of days to see excellent college baseball, it is convenient to continue northwest to Mt. Rushmore if you don't mind driving long distances.

(In response to this post by Dudeman)

Posted: 12/26/2017 at 9:47PM


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