Editor’s Note: This story was originally published on Omaha.com
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By Mary Rezac
WORLD-HERALD STAFF WRITER
College baseball’s top sluggers will again compete in the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby on July 3, an evening that will end with The World-Herald’s annual fireworks display.
TD Ameritrade will partner with The World-Herald to put on the derby.
The participating players will be selected from the nations’s leading hitters during the 2013 college baseball season.
The derby will start at 7:30 p.m. and include three rounds: all contestants, then the top four after Round 1, and finally the top two after Round 2.
Fans will finish the evening by watching the 29th annual World-Herald fireworks display.
The 22-minute show will be the largest in Omaha, said Joel Long, director of communications for The World-Herald.
“It’s spectacular to see the air filled with shells for 22 solid minutes,” Long said. “I think people will thoroughly enjoy the show.”
The more than 22,000 fans in the park last year watched nearly 50 home runs before the fireworks show.
The derby, produced by Intersport, will air nationally on ESPN at 7 p.m. July 4.
Katrina Becker, managing director of communications and public affairs for TD Ameritrade, said the derby continues to grow in popularity. She promised “an even better, memorable experience” this year.
Tickets will go on sale at 10 a.m. today: $8 for children, $12 for adults or a “Family Four-Pack” for $35.
Tickets may be purchased in person at the CenturyLink Center Omaha box office, by calling Ticketmaster at 800-745-3000 or online at www.collegehomerunderby.com.
More information, including the names of players, will be available closer to the event.
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