Kent State Alumni Association and fans pre-game in Omaha
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Join the Kent State Alumni Association and fellow fans in Omaha for a pre-game tailgating event starting at 2 p.m. (CT) at the Old Mattress Factory’s Omaha Baseball Village.
Serving as a home base for Kent State fans, the tent is a short walk to TD Ameritrade Stadium in Omaha, Neb., where the Kent State baseball team will be playing in its first College World Series. The team’s first game is against the Arkansas Razorbacks.
“We wanted there to be one place for all of our fans to get together and celebrate this accomplishment because it’s a huge feat for us to be there,” said Lori Randorf, executive director of the Alumni Association.
Randorf said it will be good to have a real presence at the game, unlike in Oregon, which was a far travel.
Along with fans supporting the team in Omaha, alumni from all over are joining together for the big event.
“Some of our alumni that have different groups around the country are organizing watch parties,” Randorf said. “I think that makes a statement about how excited people are.”
Nancy Schiappa, associate director of the Alumni Association, said athletic events have always been a great way to rally the university.
“This really brings people together of all majors, all the residence halls, students, alumni, faculty and staff,” Schiappa said.
The Alumni Association is a separately incorporated non-profit, which is supporting the expenses toward the pre-game events in Omaha.
“We feel this is very much in line with our mission, which is to engage our alumni and keep them connected to the university, and what more positive thing to rally around than this huge success,” Randorf said.