May 19, 2019

College World Series Guide To Omaha Hotels & Dining

You’ve got your College World Series™ tickets, you know when you need to be at TD Ameritrade Park… now what? This College World Series guide is designed to help you plan a trip to Omaha for the games. If you don’t have hotel reservations, read on for suggested places to stay. If you don’t have a restaurant plan for dining before or after the game, read on. Feel free to comment with any specific questions – I’m happy to help!

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Hotels for College World Series fans

Omaha has plenty of hotels, but if you’re looking for a room within walking distance of TD Ameritrade Park, you’d better book early. The closest hotels will be full when the College World Series start in June.

If you want some hotel recommendations, here are my top picks for CWS hotels:

– If you want to be within walking distance to TD Ameritrade Park, look at Holiday Inn Omaha Downtown, Hampton Inn & Suites, Homewood Suites by Hilton, Fairfield Inn & Suites by Marriott, and Cambria Hotel. I can vouch for Holiday Inn being a great location for families, especially with its small indoor waterpark.

Tips for College Works Series Fans - Hotels near College World Series Games Cambria Downtown Omaha, which has some rooms with views of the ballpark
Cambria Downtown Omaha is one of the city’s newest hotels. Some of the rooms have a view of TD Ameritrade Park. Request a top floor room with an even number and you may luck out with this view.

– The Old Market has several hotel options as well, and they could be within walking distance if you’re willing (and don’t mind the heat!). Many will likely have some sort of shuttle  service, too. My family’s favorite is Embassy Suites because the rooms are large, the manager’s happy hour is great, and it has possibly the best complimentary hot breakfast in town.

Tips for College Works Series Fans - Hotels near College World Series include an Old Market favorite, Embassy Suites. The size of the rooms, complimentary breakfast and happy hour make it popular with out of town visitors.
All rooms at the Embassy Suites in the Old Market of Omaha face the large atrium of the hotel. Strolling along the bottom floor, you’ll find water features, as well as a lot of seating for the complimentary happy hour and breakfast.

– If North Downtown and Old Market hotels are booked (or out of your price range), look further afield. Consider looking at hotels that are near the airport, on the outskirts of downtown or in Midtown Omaha. DoubleTree is a great option, and for a more chic historic stay, check out Magnolia. While Magnolia doesn’t have a pool, Pickles Travel stayed there with her family and wrote a good review of the Magnolia family experience. At Midtown Crossing, you’ll find Element, known for its eco-friendly practices.

Restaurants & bars suggestions for CWS fans

This is my favorite topic: Eating. Omaha has a lot of great restaurants, so you’re in for a treat when you visit during the College World Series! I’ve written about the 20+ must-try restaurants in Omaha, so it’s a good post to start with.

Tip: If you’ve brought kids with you to the CWS, start with this list of downtown Omaha restaurants that are great for families.

Where to eat near the College World Series games - Blatt Beer and Table is one of the closest restaurants to TD Ameritrade Park. It's home to the delicious Dirty Bird sandwich.
My favorite guilty pleasure: The Dirty Bird sandwich at Blatt Beer and Table. Blatt has several locations, including one next to TD Ameritrade Park in downtown Omaha.

I asked my Facebook fans to share some of their restaurants recommendations, and they mentioned a few great places to eat near TD Ameritrade Park. Near the stadium, Emily K. recommended Blatt Beer and Table. I’d have to second this recommendation – there’s a reason why it shows up on all of my “best of” restaurant lists for Omaha. However, due to its proximity to the stadium, be ready for a wait. But, hey, if you snag a seat on the rooftop, it’s worth it, right?

Like parties? If you’re looking for a restaurant or bar scene that’s going on the nutty side, insiders tell me that Capitol District and Mattress Factory will have the largest parties.  There are several other bars outside the stadium that are a blast to be at pre- and post-game.

Recommended downtown Omaha restaurants and bars for CWS fans - Lighthouse Pizza & Fries in the Capitol District has great pizza, plus if you enjoy beer, you'll have to check out the self serve taps.
Lighthouse Pizza & Fries has a location in the Capitol District with self serve taps.

Not looking for a party? I’d recommend getting out of the NoDo area around the stadium. Head to neighborhoods like Benson and Blackstone for a variety of local restaurants and bars without the rowdiness (usually).

In the Old Market area, bars to head to include Barry O’s or the Stadium Club. Several bars around Omaha become specific spots for teams. Barrett’s on Leavenworth Street, for instance, is definitely big for LSU fans. Dannel T. recommends you try Big Mama’s Kitchen And Catering, which was featured on “Diners, Drive-ins, & Dives.” You’ll get your fix of Southern good eats there.

Another recommendation was in Midtown Omaha, Ann D. suggested Spezia. Spezia is an Italian restaurant with a pretty big steak selection. There are a ton of places to get steaks in Omaha (and who comes to Omaha and doesn’t seek out the best steak??!).

Want some more food ideas?

The following lists will include restaurants in downtown Omaha, but also many that are a few miles away from TD Ameritrade Park. Note the address, especially if you’re relying on public transportation or Lyft.

So, let’s see, what are you hungry for?

For the best pizzerias in Omaha, read this post.

Need breakfast inspiration, check out these 19 places to get breakfast in Omaha. If you just want donuts, read this post instead.

Want to cool off with ice cream? Here are 8 great places to get ice cream in Omaha.

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June 9, 2014

All Things Baseball In Omaha

You love baseball? June must be your month in Omaha.

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NCAA College World Series

Click here to get all of your College World Series news and updated game schedules. The series runs June 14-25, with the best-of-three championship series begins either on June 24 or 25. Cost: Prices vary by game

Be sure to bring the kids down to the Opening Celebration Day on Friday, June 13, at 1200 Mike Fahey St. It’s all-day festivities, with FREE events and entertainment, including watching the teams practice, autograph sessions, music and fireworks. Details will be available here.


What to do when you don’t have tickets to a game? Here are some other baseball-related events:

Nebraska’s Hometown Teams

When: Open through July 5; Monday, Wednesday and Friday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday, 1 to 5 p.m.; Saturday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where: El Museo Latino/The Latino Museum, 4701 S. 25th St.

What: Hometown Teams is a Smithsonian exhibition that explores how sports have helped shape our national character for well over a hundred years.

Cost: $5 general admission, $4 college students, $3.50 students K-12 and seniors, FREE for kids 5 and younger and FREE for active military


“Baseball at Boys Town, 1917 – Today”

When: June 13 through Sept. 30, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Where: Boys Town, 137th and West Dodge Road

What: Boys Town has a long history of baseball including visits from legends of the game, including Babe Ruth, Lou Gehrig and Ted Williams. Explore the history from 1917 to today.

Cost: FREE


“Rosenblatt: The Final Inning”

When: June 13-26, 5:30 p.m.

Where: Film Streams at Ruth Sokolof Theater, 1340 Mike Fahey St.

What: This is a one-hour documentary that traces the history of the grand old stadium, which was best known for hosting the College World Series for decades.

Cost: FREE

Every day June 13 through 26 at 5:30 pm

Baseball Run Time Story Time

When: June 14, 10 a.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Public Library, 215 S. 15th St.

What: It’s a story time to celebrate the College World Series with a special focus on the science of baseball. Bring your baseball glove.

Cost: FREE


Omaha Storm Chasers Games

When:  June 17 (7:05 p.m.), June 18 (12:05 p.m.), June 19 (7:05 p.m.), June 20 (7:05 p.m.), June 21 (7:05 p.m.), June 22 (7:05 p.m.), June 23 (7:05 p.m.), June 24 (12:05 p.m.)

Where: Werner Park, 12356 Ballpark Way, Papillion, Nebraska

What: See Omaha’s minor league team take on the Albuquerque Isotopes (June 17-20) and the El Paso Chihuahuas (June 21-24).

Cost: Berm seats (on the grass) are $6. Other options are$9, $12 and $16.


African American Baseball History lecture “Bud Fowler: Baseball Pioneer, Promoter, and Provocateur”

When: June 22, 5 p.m.

Where: Chicago Dawg House, 3157 Farnam St.

What: Dr. David C. Ogden will talk about African-American baseball in Nebraska. Ogden is a professor in the School of Communications at the University of Nebraska at Omaha, and a member of the Society for American Baseball Research. Sponsored in part by the Great Plains Black History Museum and the Chicago Dawg House.

Cost: FREE


African American Baseball History lecture “The Buffalo Soldiers Play Ball”

When: June 23, 2 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Library, 215 S. 15th St.

What: After the American Civil War, four army regiments composed of African American enlisted men commanded by white officers were formed and sent to serve in the American West, where they became known collectively by their famous nickname the “Buffalo Soldiers.” During the last decade of the 19th century and the first decade of the 20th century, three of the four regiments were stationed in Nebraska at Fort Robinson and Fort Niobrara, but these men did more than just carry out their soldierly duties-they played baseball and they played it well. Lecture is by professor Robert P. Nash, sponsored in part by the Great Plains Black History Museum.

Cost: FREE


African American Baseball History lecture “Federals and Tigers and Rockets! Oh My!”

When: June 24, 2 p.m.

Where: W. Dale Clark Main Public Library, 215 S. 15th St.

What: Dr. Angelo J. Louisa will talk about local African-American baseball teams. Sponsored in part by the Great Plains Black History Museum.

Cost: FREE


Your turn: Do you have tickets to the College World Series or do you have other plans?