College Baseball 360 Editor Sean Stires is in Omaha preparing for the start of the 2009 College World Series.
It's Friday, and we're still a day away from the start of games at the College World Series, but the activity at Rosenblatt kicks-up a few ticks today. If you saw the video on the front page of our web site yesterday, you know the vendors were setting-up their tents yesterday, and some of them had already begun slinging T-shirts, hats and other items to paying customers. Most of the rest of them will be open for business at some point today.
All eight teams will be on the field at Rosenblatt for quick practices throughout the day, and each team's practice will be followed by an autograph session. The best part is: It's all Free to the public.
There's an all day fan fast outside the stadium with interactive games for kids as well as face painting (yes, my dauther Baylee plans to be there) and the like. Opening ceremonies with the parade of teams and then capped-off by fireworks (one of the best fireworks displays I've ever seen) is inside the stadium later tonight. Fanfest runs from 10am-9pm, and the ceremonies is from 9-10pm.
Here's a quick rundown of today's practice schedule inside Rosenblatt Stadium:
Cal State Fullerton 9-10 am, autographs 10:30-11 am.
Arkansas 10-11 am, autographs 11:30 am-12 pm.
LSU 11 am- Noon, autographs 12:30 pm.
Virginia Noon-1 pm, autographs 1:30 pm.
North Carolina 1pm-2pm, autographs 2:30pm.
Arizona St. 2pm-3pm, autographs 3:30pm.
Texas 3pm-4pm, autographs, 4:30pm.
Southern Mississippi 4pm-5pm, autographs 5:30pm.