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The NCAA will limit attendance to 50% capacity for its remaining outdoor spring championships, which includes the College World Series in Omaha this June.

The new policy is an increase from the previous limit of 25%, which was in effect for the NCAA volleyball tournament held at CHI Health Center Omaha. The 50% limit will go into effect next week starting with the NCAA soccer championships.

Exact capacity percentages will vary by site depending on state and local health mandates. Earlier this month, MECA President/CEO Roger Dixon said he would like to see more fans allowed than 50% of capacity.

“My assumption is unless something goes dramatically south, there will be fans in the stands,” Dixon said. “To what percentage would be a guess on my part. Since it’s outdoors, it could be 50%. If it was our call, it would be something (more).”​

TD Ameritrade Park Omaha, where the College World Series is played, has a listed capacity of 24,000, which would mean a maximum of 12,000 fans can attend. But attendance limits typically also include players, coaches, stadium personnel, media and other people needed to conduct the event.

Once logistics are finalized, more information about tickets and other restrictions for the CWS will be announced at a later date. 

There was no CWS at all last year as the pandemic canceled all NCAA sporting events until the fall.

This month Omaha hosted the entirety of the NCAA volleyball tournament, which concludes Saturday with the national championship. Attendance was limited to just family and friends for the first three rounds held in the convention center, then a 25% limit was in place for the remaining matches in the arena.

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