How to get tickets for the College World Series

So, you’d like to go to the College World Series.

Good, Mississippi State would like for you to join them in Omaha.

CWS-picture-061212Only thing left is to get tickets, which is at the same time incredibly easy and incredibly complicated.

We’ll start with the most basic: general admission tickets, or GA for short.

TD Ameritrade Park will have about 5,500 GA tickets available for each game, which allow the ticket-holder a chairback seat in the outfield, with full concession and bathroom amenities like any other seat. GA tickets cost $11 each and there is nothing to be gained by paying more to get them ahead of time from a third party. The key is getting in line.

The ticket office opens at 10 a.m. each game day and is located on the first base/right field side of the stadium.

The line for general admission is located on the left field side of the stadium on the other side of the fanfare area. You must have a ticket to get in line and fans begin entering the stadium at 5 p.m.

The seats are first-come first-serve, so getting in line early is recommended. My best advice would be to plan on spending your day near the stadium. There is a large fanfare area, plenty of restaurants and places to sit down, as well as an MSU alumni event at the Century Link Center Monday afternoon from 4-6, located caddycorner to the the stadium. Big building, you can’t miss it, across the street from the left field area.

As you enjoy your day, periodically check the line to see how long it is. It’s all dependent on what people decide to do, so you may be fine getting in line at 4 or 5, or you may need to get there as early as 1 or 2 p.m. I wish I could provide a specific time, but remember that about 5,500 people will have those tickets, so gauging how many hundreds or thousands are in line will give you an idea of when you should get in line, too.

Standing-room-only seats will also be available once GA runs out, which means you will be standing in the concourse. Once the stadium reaches full capacity (including SRO), it becomes one-in, one-out. I have yet to see a line to get in once games have gotten started, but demand will likely be higher given the stakes of the game.

Now, let’s talk reserved tickets. These are a bit more complicated, and generally more expensive.

The only way to buy reserved tickets from TD Ameritrade Park is through a lottery on gameday morning. Beginning at 9 a.m., you can get a lottery ticket at the ticket office, and at 10 a.m. numbers will be drawn to sell the limited number of reserved seats the park has remaining.

What are your chances of winning? Well, better than winning the Powerball, but the amount of extras the park has changes from game to game, and it also depends how many others choose to try the lottery, too.

These tickets will range in price from $34-36. It may be worth it to try the lottery, and if you don’t win, you’re already there to get GA tickets.

The other options for reserved tickets are online vendors and local brokers/vendors. The NCAA website has a ticket exchange program, but these tickets will generally be more than face value.

Other sites like StubHub, etc., also have available tickets.

Buying tickets on the street is a similar experience in Omaha as any other sporting event. There will be those in the area selling tickets.

One final note for parents: children 24 months and younger are not required to have tickets, according to park policy.

Special thanks to Mike Richey, John King, Jason Walker and Bo Hemphill for helping gather this information. I’ve been told to blame them for any problems and thank me for the help. (Kidding. Much appreciated, guys.)

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