Since this is my fifth trip to Omaha — including 14 days in June for the College World Series — I felt like I’d seen everything in the city.
But I had only seen the CenturyLink Center from the outside (although it was the Qwest Center them). It’s right across the Hilton where the Gator baseball team stayed and a 3-wood from the TD Ameritrade Park where the CWS is held.
The arena is linked to the Hilton with a sky bridge and also a convention center where next week if we want to stick around we can see “The World of Wheels.”
At any rate, this is my first time inside the CenturyLink Center and I have to say it is a beautiful arena. Creighton plays its game here and there is a nice schedule oc conerts upcoming including Jimmy Buffet and Nickelback.
It’s one of the best set-ups for the media as well and after the cramped conditions on New Orleans Arena last week it’s welcomed. Not that you care.
Florida is staying right up the street at the Courtyard Marriott where I spent the last four nights of my last Omaha journey. Across the street, the t-shirt shop that saved me when I ran out of clean clothes during the CWS is an abandoned store now. But D.J.’s Dugout, where you can watch every sport imaginable abs even bet on Keno, is going strong. So is the Rock Bottom Brewery, where I watched Rory McIlroy win the U.S. Open on Father’s Day.
It’s funny, but I was thinking about how two years ago Florida went to Oklahoma City, which is the home of the Women’s CWS. This year, the Gators are in the home of the men’s CWS. Two years ago, they were one-and-out. We’ll see what happens this time.