Baseball fans shopping for College World Series gear, beer or a greasy burger didn't have far to go: outdoor vendors were concentrated along a four-block strip on the west side of the Rosenblatt Stadium.
This year, merchandise and eateries have multiplied and they're spread out around the expansive downtown TD Ameritrade Park, offering more variety — if not frustration to the weary hubby whose wife just knows a better T-shirt deal awaits around the corner.
CWS-goers will see old vendors in different spots, more night clubs than ever before, new music-filled shopping clusters like one at the Slowdown parking lot and the Old Mattress Factory's “Omaha Baseball Village.”
Just a sampling of the overall menu: Sandwiches, kebabs, popcorn, brisket ribs, turkey legs, roasted nuts, T-shirts, ball caps, Bundt cakes, pizza and pie.
Dozens of vendors and food and drink tents are signed up to dot the downtown landscape from 15th and Farnam Streets to 11th and Nicholas Streets — and the city is still processing more permits. David Fanslau of the Omaha Planning Department said there should be a space for whoever wants in, provided they fork out the rent and fulfill city rules.