Back Home in Omaha
We checked out of the hotel around 11am and made the short drive from Lincoln to Omaha. We thought about trying to check in early to the hotel, but instead decided to head straight to Rosenblatt. Thankfully Cal State Fullerton staved off elimination again yesterday to earn a rematch with North Carolina. The CWS would be a great experience no matter what, but getting to see the hometown team makes it all the better.
We arrived four hours before game time and the place was already hoppin'. We took some side streets looking for spots before popping back out and finding a spot right on 13th. street (the main drag near the ballpark) about a block from the main entrance. Pretty lucky.
During the CWS 13th Street is completely covered by food and merchandise vendors from the freeway to about where we parked. We found that most of the vendors sell the same officially licensed items at the same prices and all merchandise for eliminated teams is 50% off. Many of the big equipment companies are there displaying their new merchandise and selling some blem items at discounts.
After a checking out a couple of these tents we made our way towards the main entrance where a fan fest area had been set up. We were there so early that none of this was up and running yet. Swung by the ticket office expecting them to tell us that all she had was General Admission, but we got the last two reserved tickets she had. I don't even think she was supposed to sell them because she didn't print them through the ticketing system, she just took them out of a side drawer. Either way she charged us the face value of $18/each and we were set for both games. Everything was falling into place for us at this point.
We passed the Zoo as we were making our lap around the ballpark and had lunch at King Kong Burger right off of 13th St. & Bob Gibson blvd. This place is no joke. The smallest burger they have is a half pounder and you can order burgers all the way up to 2 pounds. Burger was decent, fries were good, and it was definitely filling.
As we continued up 13th St. we stopped by the Titan House, a house that the Cal State Alumni Association rents out when the team makes it to Omaha. It really is a great idea as it allows for a central meeting place for all the teams fans before and after the game. After showing up and having a couple drinks we were wishing we had skipped the King Kong burger as the Titan fans had the BBQ in full effect. With the house so close to the stadium we were able to hang out there until right before gametime and still make it in for first pitch.
Our seats in section X and really were the last two in the park, but at least we didn't have to wait in the General Admission line for two hours. After sitting there for a couple innings we made the move down the line and found some seats one section over from 3rd base about 15 rows up. We camped out here the rest of the game, seeing the Titans fall to North Carolina 6-5. A disappointing loss, but still a great season for the Titans.
We went back over to the Titan house after the game, but only stayed briefly. The sun and the tense finish had done us in, so we gave our tickets to someone who wanted to go back in for the 2nd game and headed to the hotel, crashing out pretty quick once we got to the room.