OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — During the last College World Series, the Capitol District only had three restaurants and only existed for three months. Now it's home to 15 businesses. The entertainment district believes it's in a better position to win fans over at during this year's baseball championship.
Sarah McMahon is the Capitol District's executive director. She wasn't at this job during last College World Series, but now that's she's planning almost everything happening at the district, she believes this season is a big opportunity for Omaha's new entertainment district.
"We've created an experience for people that you can't get anywhere else in Omaha," McMahon said.
McMahon says their entertainment district license that allows folks to hop in and out of bars with their food and drinks is an effort to take the next step in attracting more customers. Dozens were taking in the first game between Michigan and Texas Tech Saturday afternoon.
"I think people are very excited about it and the opportunity adds to our excitement," McMahon said.
The entertainment district license is a designation the Capitol District had last year, but something not many fans knew about.
Omaha native Carney Turner has seen the options of entertainment grow over the past year.
"You have all kinds of options and different places to choose from now," Turner said.
The Capitol District will be responsible for keeping patrons from leaving the plaza with their drinks in hand. Security will be on-hand all night on the lookout for anyone heading out with alcohol. McMahon says security will be at every entrance and exit of the plaza.
The district also places labels on every cup reminding patrons about the rules to enjoy responsibly by being kept inside the courtyard.