MECA: 'Saddened' that racial slurs were used by fans at CWS, adding security measures

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Posted at 3:02 PM, Jun 29, 2021
and last updated 2021-06-29 19:30:01-04

OMAHA, Neb. (KMTV) — During the first match-up of the College World Series finals between Vanderbilt and Mississippi, fans and members of the press witnessed a racial epithet being used at TD Ameritrade Park by spectators who appeared to be Mississippi State fans.

Sportswriter, Clinton Yates, who is a columnist for The Undefeated provided an eyewitness account of the interactions.

Kristyna Engdahl, Director of Communications for the Metropolitan Entertainment & Convention Authority in Omaha sent a statement to 3 New Now Reporter Jon Kipper.

"We understand there was an interaction between fans on Monday night that involved use of racial slurs. We absolutely denounce this behavior and are saddened to learn that it took place in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha," wrote Engdahl. "Tonight, we will take additional security measures to ensure that everyone may feel safe in our stadium. Also, we are reminding the public that you may text our Guest Services Department for assistance at any time by texting OMAHA [space] your issue and location to 69050."

Vanderbilt Director of Athletics Candice Storey Lee also responded on social media.

John Cohen, the Athletic Director for Mississippi State, also released a statement on social media.

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