CREATED Jun. 26, 2013
Another College World Series is in the history books in Omaha. And now the city has its eyes on the US Senior Open.
Omaha loves sports, and the numbers prove it. “Every time we have an event here it's one of, if not the record from a group stand point,” said the Director of Championships for the NCAA Damani Leech.
The 2013 College World Series was the most attended in the history even though the minimum number of games were played. NCAA Director of Championships Damani Leech says there is a specific reason. “The community cares, that's been the most important part of it,” said Leech.
Omaha has clinched the CWS at least through 2035 and Leech sees no reason “The Greatest Show on Dirt” would ever relocate. “I go to regular season events around the country and people talk about coming to Omaha. They don't even talk about coming to the College World Series. They have it on their billboards, around their ball parks, in their locker rooms; the event is synonymous with Omaha. I don't see that ever changing,” said Leech.
And that reason may be why other sporting events are giving Omaha a shot. “The USGA really understands that this is a big sports town, a big event town, even though there are no pro sports teams in town, they support the heck out of everything that comes to town,” said Championship Director for the 2013 US Senior Open, Liz Leckemby.
The USGA has been prepping the Omaha Country Club for the Senior Open for more than three years. They want to guarantee fans have yet another fantastic sporting experience in Omaha. “Everything that fans are accustomed to at the CWS, or at the Century Link Center, all of those amenities we have to build out here, said Leckemby.
All with the hopes that in the end, other sporting event staples will continue to come back.
“Omaha is such a great sports town, and the USGA recognizes that,” said Leckemby.