Big Ten tournament brings big business to area

Posted at 11:16 PM, May 25, 2016
and last updated 2016-05-26 08:41:42-04

The commissioner of the Big Ten conference reiterated Omaha is the long-term home for the conference baseball.

TD Ameritrade Park often receives rave reviews from teams and fans attending the College World Series as the ballpark will host the tournament every year but one between now and 2022.

Baseball fans from across Big Ten Country ascend here at TD Ameritrade Park hoping their team wins the tourney.

“We came up to watch my son play, he plays 1st base for Michigan State,” said Spartan fan Bob Zimmerman.

For Cal and Christi Eldred their son is a starter for Iowa and the family drove 4-hours to see him play here for the first time.

“To see them come together and play against each other again to see how far they go is going to be great,” said Iowa Hawkeye fan Christi Eldred, “This is a big big day for him and we're all very excited for him”.

These families said they love the atmosphere here and want the Big Ten tourney to continue to call Omaha home.

“I think it's an advantage for the Big 10 teams to know what it's like here and be part of this atmosphere,” said Cal Eldred.

For businesses across the street, they thrive off of the increased foot traffic.

“We've seen more people in the store, just browsing, we are more towards women,” said Melissa Williams owner of True Blue.

“The good thing about the Big 10 tournament is we can focus solely on Nebraska on get those fans buying here-whereas the CWS, there's no specific shirts that we sell,” said D.J. Hubbard, store manager of Lawlors.

Nebraska plays Indiana at 9a.m. at TD Ameritrade Park.