College World Series fans who may be considering an illegal leap onto the field will now have one last reminder to stay in the stands.
New signs are posted around the stadium with a warning: Run out on the field during the CWS and you'll be ejected — subject to an arrest and fine.
The policy hasn't changed, but emphasizing the ballpark's rules is a priority one year after a half-dozen fans ran across the outfield grass and disrupted the championship game between Arizona and South Carolina.
“It's like a fan running out on the court in a Final Four game. You can't do that,” said Roger Dixon, president and CEO of Omaha's Metropolitan Entertainment and Convention Authority. “What they think is fun, (we) think is just not safe.”
It was the seventh-inning stretch in last year's title game when several fans darted across the field as they attempted to evade TD Ameritrade Park officials. One girl grabbed Arizona players as she ran by. A man tried to scale the left-field wall, but was wrestled to the ground.
There was another fan on the field in that game during the fourth inning. And others, too, earlier in the series. Dixon said the TD Ameritrade Park staff will continue to look more closely for fans who might be considering an on-field sprint — because oftentimes, it's not a spur-of-the-moment decision.
“They're talking about it, egging each other on,” Dixon said. “We will start watching that now. If we see something like that building up, you'll probably see a bigger presence of security.”