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Fans flock to Bellevue East to watch College World Series practices

Posted at 6:19 PM, Jun 13, 2019
and last updated 2019-06-13 19:19:00-04

BELLEVUE, Neb. (KMTV) — The 2019 College World Series is less than two days away.

The festivities kick off Friday evening with the opening ceremonies at TD Ameritrade Park. On Thursday all eight teams practiced across the Omaha metro.

For the last 30-plus years Bellevue East has hosted one of these practices. Vanderbilt, a regular at the CWS, enjoyed playing in front of the crowd of eager fans at the high school field in Bellevue.

"It looks like an old-time baseball park," said Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt's head coach. "The canopy, the grounds, it's well taken care of. It brings you back to what baseball is. It's pure, it's raw, it's real, you smell grass and we play on turf so you get to smell some grass. It's central America it's what should happen this time of year."

Texas Tech also practiced at Bellevue East Thursday afternoon.

Reporter Phil Bergman went to Vanderbilt's practice and talked with the fans about watching a CWS program in person and hung out with the children catching home runs in the outfield. Watch his story in the above video.