Concrete barriers line streets for College World Series, new safety measure

Concrete barriers line streets for College World Series, new safety measure

Hundreds of concrete barriers are now lining streets in downtown Omaha.

It's a new way to try and keep people safe at this year's College World Series.

Omaha police say they were first used for the Berkshire Hathaway Shareholder's Meeting in May.

They say they got a lot of good feedback from using them and it's why they're now being used for the College World Series.

Captain Adam Kyle of the Omaha Police Department said, "We have to be on our toes."

For Captain Kyle safety is his number one priority, especially when it comes to the College World Series. It’s an event that’s looking a little different this year.

Kyle said, "There's generally going to be 20,000 people outside the stadium...because of the large population of pedestrians here the street's so close. We decided to put the jersey barriers up because they will stop a car cold."

Kyle says there are more than 300 concrete barriers setup around TD Ameritrade Park and the CenturyLink Center. He says each one weighs more than 4,000 pounds.

Kyle said, "Although there's the potential for someone purposefully trying to harm someone with a car, but then you have people that have a medical reaction or a drunk driver that their intentions aren't to harm somebody, but they have an accident."

The captain says the barriers will prevent those kinds of incidents from happening.

Gabby Riback, who is going to the College World Series, said, "I think it's really important. I mean people are just coming out here to enjoy baseball and not have to worry about being safe, so if this is a precaution we can take I'm all about it."

Barriers will be around the ballpark and CenturyLink Center until the College World Series ends.

As far as having them downtown next year Captain Kyle says he doesn't know. However, he says there is talk of possibly installing something permanent like bollards.

Here is a list of items not allowed in the stadium:

  • Bottles or cans
  • Outside food or drink (20-ounce or smaller empty, clear plastic bottles will be allowed for water)
  • Food or drink coolers
  • Bags or packs greater than 14” X 19” (refer to posted signs)
  • Frisbees or beach balls
  • Large umbrellas
  • Laser pointers
  • Noise making devices of any kind (i.e. bells, whistles, horns, etc.)
  • Fireworks
  • Illegal drugs or alcohol
  • Weapons of any kind, including lawfully concealed firearms
  • Commercial signs or banners without the prior approval of MECA
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (Drones) are not permitted on MECA’s campus
  • Selfie sticks
  • Hover Boards
  • Cameras ARE permitted for still photography and video for personal use, but lens length must be no longer than approximately one inch, and no additional detachable lenses will be permitted.
  • Any item deemed to challenge public safety
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