The impact of CWS on Council Bluffs and what fans can find across the river


COUNCIL BLUFFS, Iowa (KMTV) – The College World Series is a staple in Omaha, but what does it do for the economy and the community in Council Bluffs?

College World Series of Omaha executive director Kathryn Morrissey said baseball fans are not “one size fits all.”

“Some baseball fans prefer a lively atmosphere, others want something a little more laid back… they all have different budgets,” Morrissey said.

Often, Council Bluffs is the right fit for a certain type of fan.

“You know, quite often we find that some of the young baseball tournament fans hang out in Council Bluffs. They find that there are a lot of very economical opportunities for hotels and restaurants…” They can cross the river. and find a really friendly and relaxed atmosphere. “

Council Bluffs Area Chamber of Commerce President Drew Kamp said CWS attendees were moving ever closer to the Missouri River.

“A lot of times you look at the MAC area,” Kamp said. “There is a high concentration of hotels, places and restaurants – those lines too – the gaming industry, the casinos being there too.”

Mark Eckman, Council Bluffs Convention and Visitors Bureau, said the 100 Block is a big draw for visitors.

“It’s far from the hustle and bustle. You’re not going to face the crowds, but you still have that unique atmosphere of historic buildings populated with restaurants, nightlife,” Eckman said.

Eckman said there are amenities at Council Bluffs that are unique to Omaha.

“Having three casinos here at Council Bluffs… it’s really, sometimes, a real passion for people. They can enjoy it with the Stir concerts – being outdoors in a place like this with premier entertainment. order – it’s going to be something that they’re not necessarily going to catch in Omaha, ”Eckman said.

The College World Series brings new energy that Nebraska and Iowa desperately need.

“As Omaha hosts the College World Series, all of the surrounding communities make fans feel welcome,” Morrissey said.

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