With the field of qualifying teams set for the 2013 NCAAÂ® Menâ€™s College World SeriesÂ®,
the sale of general admission (GA) tickets is expected to increase,
according to Herb Hames, ticket chairman of College World Series of
Omaha, Inc. (CWS, Inc.).
â€œThe level of interest in purchasing GA tickets is the highest it has been since the ticket sales got underway in April,â€ Hames said. â€œWhile general admission seats are available on a first-come, first-served basis, GA ticket holders have the option of upgrading to reserved seat tickets if and when they become available at the stadium box office. GA ticket books provide a very inexpensive way for families and groups to attend a CWS game.â€
GA tickets costing $80 per book of 10 tickets are available 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.
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.
ADA seating options in the GA area are also on a first-come, first-served basis. 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.
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.
â€œThe random drawing is in place to provide the fairest ticket sales process possible for all fans,â€ Hames added. â€œBy 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.â€
Rules for the random drawing process are available at NCAA.com/CWS.
Additionally, the NCAA is offering an official technology platform through which season-ticket holders can safely sell tickets that would otherwise go unused. Throughout the 2013 NCAA Menâ€™s College World Series, season-ticket holders may sell or transfer their reserved seats to friends, family members or other buyers through Flash SeatsÂ®, which is endorsed by the NCAA and supported by VeritixÂ®.
With Flash Seats, both the buyers and sellers are anonymous, which ensures that each account holderâ€™s identity is protected. When a ticket is purchased, Flash Seats automatically transfers the tickets into the buyerâ€™s account and the original paper ticket is voided. The sale price of the tickets and a connection fee is charged to the buyerâ€™s credit card. The tickets received by the buyer at that point are digital and the buyer simply takes the credit card used to make the purchase to Gate 2 at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha to enter the stadium. Fans may access Flash Seats, the only NCAA-approved ticket exchange that exists for the CWS.
About the NCAAÂ®
The NCAA is a membership-led nonprofit association of colleges and universities committed to supporting academic and athletic opportunities for more than 450,000 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 www.NCAA.org and www.NCAA.com for more details about the Association, its goals and members and corporate partnerships that help support programs for student-athletes. The NCAA is proud to have the following elite companies as official Corporate Champions â€“ AT&T, Capital One and Coca-Cola â€“ and the following elite companies as official Corporate Partners â€“ Allstate, Buffalo Wild Wings, Buick, Enterprise, Infiniti, LG, Loweâ€™s, Nabisco, Northwestern Mutual, Reeseâ€™s (Hersheyâ€™s), Unilever and UPS.
About CWS, Inc. Â®
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 NCAA Men's College World Series 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.â€¨
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