Big crowds expected for Big Ten tournament

Posted at 5:49 PM, May 24, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-25 10:15:53-04

TD Ameritrade Park is ready to host thousands of fans coming to watch the Big Ten baseball tournament this week.

In 2014 the tournament has 62,000 people attend the series of games. The big crowds mean big money for the area.

“The economic impact is great for our community because all of these fans come from different places, they stay in our hotels, eat in our restaurants, shop in our stores,” said Communication Director Kristi Andersen.

With Nebraska sealing the number two seed, the sea of red is bound to fill the stadium

“Nebraska is playing really well right now, they are the host institution, and it's sort of a perfect storm” said Andersen. 

She said they hope the storms from Mother Nature won't affect the tournament too much.

With rainy weather in the forecast for the next five days, the park will be watching for severe weather through radar and communication with meteorologist. If games are delayed or canceled they will let people know they best they can.

“We would communicate it out as quickly as we can through the website, local media, and social media to give people as much advance warning as possible,” said Andersen.

The big crowds will get another surprise at the concession stands, beer and wine sales.

“It's sort of a trial run for our staff to get ready for the pilot program that the NCAA has put in place for the College World Series,” Andersen added.

She said tickets are still available for the tournament online and at the box office.

Games start on Wednesday at 9am and Nebraska plays at 1pm.