First CWS Teams Arrive In Omaha
Kim Foley reportsPhoto: Video by kmtv.com
CREATED Jun. 12, 2013
Omaha, NE -- On Wednesday, downtown Omaha was abuzz with College World Series fever.
The first team to land was UCLA.
The Bruins first stop was TD Ameritrade.
"Just kind of get a comfort zone," said head coach John Savage. "(We) making sure they remain themselves and get familiar with the surroundings."
UCLA is no stranger to the CWS.
Savage said he's excited to have his team back.
"It's a very challenging place to get," said Savage. "And to get out of the regionals and super regionals, we feel very fortunate to be here. We love the city of Omaha and the job they do for the CWS."
On the other side of that, is Indiana who is making their first CWS appearance ever.
"We were here on the ground for 45 minutes, and people make you think like they've known you for 30 years," said head coach Tracy Smith. "It's awesome to be here."
Smith said his team is the first Big Ten team to make it to Omaha since 1984.
The team hopes it plays in their favor.
"We are not ignorant to the fact that this is close to Big Ten country, and we kind of hope we can get some of that hometown backing," said Smith.
NC State also made it to town on Wednesday.
Head coach Elliot Avent has been with the program 17 years. The teams have been close, but this is the first team he has brought them to the CWS.
"NC State has been a consistent program throughout the years," said Avent. "(It is) always competitive and always had a chance to play on this stage. I've knocked on the door like 3-4 times, and it never opened. This year, it opened. We are just excited to be here."
Teams will practice on Thursday and Friday. Games start on Saturday.