College World Series fans will see a different look outside TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska this year. The event, which celebrates youthful exuberance and a family environment, is no longer exempt from world events.
What you’ll see is hundreds of concrete barriers lining the sidewalks around the stadium to help prevent the obvious.
Thankfully, that’s not all you’ll see.
A local artist named Tim Barry saw the drab barriers and decided to approach the powers that be to see if he could spruce them up. After getting permission, he took 30 volunteers down to the stadium and painted more than 100 of those barriers blue, green and yellow – purposely choosing breezy colors.
“We understand why those barriers are there,” he told the Omaha World Herald. “Just a little color makes them look a lot nicer.”
I think baseball fans will agree.
I decided to stop by the ballpark this afternoon before all of the festivities begin on Friday to snap a few photos and to get a look for myself. Here are a few of those photos: