|Advance Tickets Go on Sale Saturday, April 13 For 2013 CWS|
Approximately 12,000 reserved seat tickets for the 2013 NCAA® College
World Series® (CWS) will be available for sale this Saturday, April 13,
at 10 a.m. Central Time, according to Carol Foreman, ticket manager of
CWS of Omaha, Inc. The sale will be open to the general public at
NCAA.com/CWStickets or by calling (866)208-0048. Tickets for fans who
require Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) seating options also will
be available using these same options.
“Because the number of available tickets is limited, games are expected to sell out quickly, especially the first weekend (games 1-4) and Finals games,” Foreman explained. “Buyers will have an opportunity to purchase four tickets each for up to four games during the sale. Only those games that are guaranteed to be played will be sold. Tickets for ‘if necessary’ games will only be sold at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office on the day those games are played.”
In order to purchase tickets, a valid credit card will be required. Once purchased, the tickets will be registered electronically to the buyer’s credit card, which is required when entering TD Ameritrade Park Omaha through either Gate 1 or Gate 2. After the credit card is electronically scanned, a seat locator will be printed for the buyer. This is the same process used for tickets purchased through the NCAA official ticket exchange – Flash Seats. The digital tickets are fully transferrable and can be listed on the Flash Seats exchange at cws.flashseats.com.
Ticket prices for reserved seat tickets at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha are tiered according to their location and by games. Reserved seat ticket prices for seating in sections 107-117 between first and third bases will be $36 each for qualifying games 1-4, $31 each for games 5-14 and $36 for the Finals games. Ticket prices for seating in sections 100-106 and 118-124, which are located down the first and third base lines, will be $35 each for games 1-4, $30 each for games 5-14 and $35 for Finals games. Ticket prices for reserved seating in the upper level and grandstand (200 and 300 levels) will be $34 each for the first four games, $29 each for games 5-14 and $34 each for the Finals games.
For those fans who are unable to purchase all the reserved seat tickets they need through the advance sale, Foreman mentioned other available options including box office sales, NCAA Ticket Exchange—Flash Seats and general admission tickets.
NCAA Official Ticket Exchange – Flash Seats
Beginning in early May, fans can access reserved seat tickets through Flash Seats, which is the NCAA-approved secondary ticket marketplace. Prices posted on at cws.flashseats.com are set by CWS season ticket holders who are unable to attend any number of games. “Flash Seats enables the buyer to purchase reserve seat tickets with confidence that they are authentic, never counterfeit,” Foreman noted. Last year more than 12,000 tickets were sold or exchanged through this convenient service.
Flash Seats is an entirely digital process. Buyers are notified of their ticket purchase by email as soon as offers are approved. “Once tickets are purchased using a credit card, the original paper tickets become void,” Foreman continued. “On game day, the buyer proceeds directly to Gate 1 or Gate 2 with the same credit card that was used to purchase the tickets. The credit card is swiped to verify the purchase and the buyer receives a seat locator that directs them to their reserved seat.”
Box Office Ticket Sales
As in past years, a limited number of reserved-seat tickets, including ADA seating, will be available for purchase at face value on a daily basis at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office starting at 10 a.m. Central Time. A random drawing will be held at the box office after 9 a.m. Central Time every day games are played to determine the order in which fans may line up to purchase reserved seat tickets. Buyers will be limited to a maximum of four reserved tickets, per game, throughout the tournament. Credit cards and cash will be accepted at the box office, although personal checks are not accepted.
“The random drawing is in place to provide the fairest ticket sales process possible for all fans,” Foreman added. “By removing the incentive for fans to arrive early, the random drawing saves fans time and significantly decreases the chance for ticket scalpers to be the first in line. Ticket scalpers have historically paid people to arrive hours before a sale in order to ensure a space at the front of the line.”
Rules for the random drawing process are available at NCAA.com/CWS.
General Admission (GA) Tickets
On April 13, starting at 10 a.m., GA tickets costing $80 per book of 10 tickets will be available online at NCAA.com/CWS, as well as from area service clubs, at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office and other Omaha area locations where CWS ticket posters are displayed. GA tickets are for non-guaranteed seats in the outfield bleachers, which are located in Sections 125 through 136. The aluminum, bench-style bleachers with seat backs will hold approximately 5,500 fans. Standing room on the concourse also is available on a game-by-game basis.
Beginning Monday, April 15, phone orders of GA ticket books will be accepted by the CenturyLink Center Box Office, 402-341-1500, on weekdays between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Ticket buyers should ask for CWS General Admission Ticket Sales and have a credit card ready to complete their purchase. Buyers are limited to 10 books per order. Shipping and handling charges will apply.
Fans also may purchase GA ticket books using the U.S. Postal Service by sending their check for $80 per book, plus $5 to cover shipping and handling of orders fewer than five books, to College World Series of Omaha, Inc., 5010 Dodge Street, Omaha, NE 68132. Make checks payable to CWS of Omaha, Inc. For orders up to 10 books, please provide $10 for shipping and handling.
All GA seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis. The same rule applies for ADA seating options in the GA area. Admissions will be restricted once the GA section is filled to capacity, although fans will still be allowed through the gate intermittently to fill unused GA seats or as people leave the stadium.
Based on the availability of reserved seats during games, GA tickets may be upgraded to the reserved section at the TD Ameritrade Park Omaha box office on the day of the game. A limit of four GA tickets, valued at a single-game price of $11, may be upgraded to reserved seat tickets for any single game. 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.
To follow men’s baseball teams as they compete for the chance to play in Omaha, visit ncaa.com/baseball.
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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. The 2013 CWS will begin with Opening Celebration Day Friday, June 14. Games will begin Saturday, June 15, and continue through Tuesday/Wednesday, June 25/26. For a complete schedule of all games and times, please visit NCAA.com/CWS.
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