Eli Young Band is June 14 Musical Headliner For NCAA Men’s College World Series Opening Celebration Day
Country music’s Eli Young Band will be the musical headliner at the 2019 NCAA® Men’s College World Series® Opening Celebration Day, Friday, June 14.
The Eli Young Band is coming off the release of its latest album “This is Eli Young Band (Greatest Hits),” encompassing the band’s 17 years of music, including their latest hit “Love Ain’t.” The four-man band’s hits collected Platinum and Multi-Platinum certifications, Grammy and CMA Award nominations, Billboard Awards and an ACM trophy for Song of the Year (“Crazy Girl”). They have more than a half-billion streams of their career catalogue.
The Eli Young Band will perform about 9:30 p.m. CDT at home plate in TD Ameritrade Park Omaha before about 20,000 fans, including the eight teams earning a berth in college baseball’s national championship. Their performance will precede the grand fireworks finale.
Opening Celebration Day’s free activities begin at 9 a.m. CDT with team practices followed by team autograph sessions presented by AT&T. The CWS Fan Fest presented by Capital One also will open the morning of June 14 and provide family-friendly entertainment, including NCAA-sport interactive games, photo opportunities, prizes and more.
Evening activities will kick off with a parade of the eight teams marching east from Creighton University’s Morrison Stadium on Mike Fahey Street. The teams will enter the stadium where they will be introduced Olympic style. Also performing will be the Wings of Blue Air Force parachute team, which will be followed by the Eli Young Band and the grand fireworks finale.
Opening Celebration Day schedule (For more information, go to www.ncaa.com/cws):
• Team Practices: 9:10 a.m. – 5 p.m. CDT
• Team Autograph Sessions: Each team will sign autographs for 45 minutes beginning 30 minutes after the conclusion of their respective practices.
• Fan Fest: 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. CDT (Lot C and Mike Fahey Street).
• Parade of Teams down Mike Fahey Street: 8:30 p.m. CDT
• Opening Ceremonies: 8:45 p.m. – 10 p.m. CDT, featuring team introductions, U.S. Air Force Wings of Blue Air Force parachute team, Eli Young Band and the fireworks finale.
Public parking is available for Opening Celebration Day at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha/CHI Health Center Omaha, Creighton University or city-owned lots in the downtown Omaha area. Metro’s circulator routes also will be available.
The 2019 NCAA Men’s College World Series runs from Saturday, June 15, through Tuesday, June 25, or Wednesday, June 26.