OMAHA, Nebraska – X Ambassadors, an emerging indie rock band, will entertain the crowd and the eight competing teams June 17 at the 2016 NCAA College World Series opening ceremonies. X Ambassadors will take the stage at the new Road to Omaha Jam presented by Enterprise Rent-A-Car at home plate for a short set after team arrivals. It will be part of an enhanced in-stadium, opening ceremonies presentation at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
The opening ceremonies cap off a day full of activities in and around TD Ameritrade Park Omaha as part of the annual Opening Celebration Day, which is expected to draw up to 30,000 fans.
“We’re excited to build upon the momentum of the 2015 opening ceremonies by featuring a concert inside TD Ameritrade Park Omaha prior to the fireworks show for fans and student-athletes to enjoy,” said Randy L. Buhr, NCAA director of championships and alliances. “Bringing the concert inside the stadium should also enhance the student-athlete experience.”
X Ambassadors released their major label debut in 2013 and their music has been featured in television, film and national advertising campaigns. X Ambassadors will close the spring leg of their VHS 2.0 Tour in Omaha.
Opening Celebration Day begins at 9:10 a.m. with team practices followed by team autograph sessions presented by AT&T.
The CWS Fan Fest presented by Capital One will also open June 17 and provide free baseball games and other NCAA-sport interactive games, photo opportunities, prizes, entertainment and more.
The night concludes with the College World Series Opening Ceremonies inside of TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, featuring Olympic-style team introductions, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team, a performance by X Ambassadors and a grand fireworks finale.
The day’s schedule:
Team Practices: 9:10 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Team Autograph Sessions: Each team will sign autographs for 45 minutes beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of their respective practice.
Fan Fest: 10 a.m. – 9 p.m. (Lot C and Mike Fahey Street.)
Opening Ceremonies: 8:45 – 10 p.m. Featuring X Ambassadors, team arrivals, the U.S. Army Golden Knights Parachute Team and the fireworks finale.
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Public parking is available for Opening Celebration Day at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha/CenturyLink Center, Creighton University or city-owned lots in the downtown Omaha area. Metro’s circulator routes also will be available. Visit http://www.ncaa.com/championships/baseball/d1 for more information.
Media are invited and encouraged to attend the event. Video, still cameras and other recording devices are welcome. Photos of the band are available by request.
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