Warning: Stay off the field at CWS - Omaha.com
Published Wednesday, June 12, 2013 at 12:22 pm / Updated at 4:51 pm
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Warning: Stay off the field at CWS
A day of free events at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday
Open team practices run from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the stadium.

Autograph sessions run from 10:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. along the stadium concourse.

Here’s a breakdown:

Oregon State
Practice: 9 a.m. to 10 a.m.
Autograph session: 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Mississippi State
Practice: 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
Autograph session: 11:30 a.m. to noon
Louisville
Practice: 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Autograph session: 12:30 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Indiana
Practice: 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.
Autograph session: 1:30 p.m. to 2 p.m.
North Carolina
Practice: 1 p.m. to 2 p.m.
Autograph session: 2:30 p.m. to 3 p.m.
North Carolina State
Practice: 2 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Autograph session: 3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m.
LSU
Practice: 3 p.m. to 4 p.m.
Autograph session: 4:30 p.m. to 5 p.m.
UCLA
Practice: 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Autograph session: 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m.

The Road to Omaha Jam
6 p.m. to 8:15 p.m., Lot B at 12th and Mike Fahey Streets
O.A.R. in concert

Opening Ceremonies
8:30 p.m. to 10 p.m., inside the stadium
Orel Hershiser
Fireworks
Grand entrance of the teams
Marching band tribute

College World Series fans who may be considering an illegal leap onto the field will now have one last reminder to stay in the stands.

New signs are posted around the stadium with a warning: Run out on the field during the CWS and you'll be ejected — subject to an arrest and fine.

The policy hasn't changed, but emphasizing the ballpark's rules is a priority one year after a half-dozen fans ran across the outfield grass and disrupted the championship game between Arizona and South Carolina.

“It's like a fan running out on the court in a Final Four game. You can't do that,” said Roger Dixon, president and CEO of Omaha's Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority. “What they think is fun, (we) think is just not safe.”

It was the seventh-inning stretch in last year's title game when several fans darted across the field as they attempted to evade TD Ameritrade Park officials. One girl grabbed Arizona players as she ran by. A man tried to scale the left-field wall, but was wrestled to the ground.

There was another fan on the field in that game during the fourth inning. And others, too, earlier in the series. Dixon said the TD Ameritrade Park staff will continue to look more closely for fans who might be considering an on-field sprint — because oftentimes, it's not a spur-of-the-moment decision.

“They're talking about it, egging each other on,” Dixon said. “We will start watching that now. If we see something like that building up, you'll probably see a bigger presence of security.”

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Dixon indicated that not all fans who ran on the field were arrested on suspicion of trespassing, though stadium officials could be less lenient this year.

Trespassing, as a Class III misdemeanor, is punishable by up to three months in jail or a $500 fine in Nebraska. “The best thing is don't go on the field,” Dixon said.

Some other notes related to the College World Series, which begins Saturday at TD Ameritrade Park.

Instant replay is expanding to include reviews of questionable fair-or-foul calls down the outfield lines, said Dennis Poppe, NCAA vice president of championships. Video reviews were available to umpires for the first time last year. Previously plays involving home runs (fair-or-foul), ground-rule doubles and fan interference were the only ones eligible for review.

It's the final event for Poppe, who's retiring after 25 years of involvement with the CWS.

There are about 1,100 fans left on the waiting list for CWS tickets, according to Jack Diesing, president of CWS of Omaha Inc. Seventy people off that list bought about 250 tickets over the last year, Diesing said.

There's a new NCAA.com mobile application now available that will provide cell phone users with game schedules, ticket updates, maps and other related information.

Mayor Jean Stothert was on hand, too.

“I can't think of a better way to begin my term as mayor of Omaha than to be here (Wednesday) and welcome the NCAA and the men's College World Series back to Omaha for its 64th consecutive year,” she said. “It's an honor to carry on this tradition.”

Contact the writer:

402-473-9585, jon.nyatawa@owh.com, twitter.com/JonNyatawa

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Video: NCAA Vice President Dennis Poppe speaks at Wednesday's CWS press conference:

Video: Omaha mayor Jean Stothert speaks at Wednesday's press conference:

Contact the writer: Jon Nyatawa

jon.nyatawa@owh.com    |   402-473-9585    |  

Jon Nyatawa has covered local sports, primarily Nebraska football and baseball, for The Omaha World-Herald since 2008.

CWS SCHEDULE »
Friday, June 14
Opening Celebration

Saturday, June 15
Game 1: Mississippi State 5, Oregon State 4
Game 2: Indiana 2, Louisville 0

Sunday, June 16
Game 3: N.C. State 8, North Carolina 1
Game 4: UCLA 2, Louisiana State 1

Monday, June 17
Game 5: Oregon State 11, Louisville 4
Game 6: Mississippi State 5, Indiana 4

Tuesday, June 18
Game 7: North Carolina 4, LSU 2
Game 8: UCLA 2, N.C. State 1

Wednesday, June 19
Game 9: Oregon State 1, Indiana 0

Thursday, June 20
Game 10: North Carolina 7, N.C. State 0

Friday, June 21
Game 11: Mississippi State 4, Oregon State 1
Game 12: UCLA 4, North Carolina 1

Championship Series

Monday, June 24
Finals Game 1: UCLA 3, Mississippi State 1

Tuesday, June 25
Finals Game 2: UCLA 8, Mississippi State 0
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