Preps Underway For Omaha Baseball Village
Crews getting ready for the College World SeriesPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Jun. 11, 2013
Omaha, NE -- Crews will be working hard until the opening ceremonies of the College World Series, which will be held Friday.
From laying brick to designing the layout of Omaha's Baseball Village, every detail will be gone over several times to make sure this weekend goes off without a hitch.
"For us, we start the day the College World Series ends," said Cyndi Murphy, an Omaha Baseball Village event coordinator.
Restaurants near the park, like Old Matress Factory and The Blatt, said they haven't seen the crowds yet, but come Thursday, they'll be packed.
The Matt will be transformed into Omaha Baseball Village for two weeks.
While the restaurants wait in anticipation, Doug Kenny of Yard Market and his crew are working 16 hour days to get the village ready to go.
"Thursday is the final walk through," said Kenny. "An inspector goes through and makes sure all aisles are appropriate. An ambulance has to be able to drive through all the main areas in case there's an accident or something."
This year, the layout is a little different. A public sidewalk has been added through baseball village making it more family friendly.
It's just a few of the things that have helped revamp, not just the College World Series, but also the north side of downtown.
"You've got people who have never seen this area that come down just to take a picture," said Murphy. "Everything just starts to get cleaner and cleaner. It's beautiful down here."
Kenny's crew expected to be working until midnight.
They'll be back on Wednesday to do it all over again to finish in time for Thursday's Omaha Baseball Village inspection.