A Stylish Sport Fan's Guide to Omaha, Nebraska
The team at Alumna House has their eye on the ball when it comes to traveling fashionably for athletic events. So pack up your suitcase and your stadium-ready clear plastic bag. Let Alumna House be your go-to source for city guides as they relate to your sports travels.
Omaha, Nebraska was founded in 1854. It has a rich Native American and pioneer history and the city’s growth was greatly influenced by the cross-continental railroad.
The Omaha Metro is quickly expanding to absorb neighboring towns. Situated directly west of the Missouri River, the downtown/Old Market area has lively restaurants, shows, microbreweries & boutiques.
Omaha Sports Teams
You could be in town for the Olympic Swim Trials or the College World Series, events that bring mass amounts of people to this growing Midwestern city. If you're here to stay or passing through, you may want to check out some of Omaha's local sports teams.
- The Omaha Beef is a semi-professional indoor America football team.
- The Omaha Lancers are a junior ice hockey team.
- The city recently welcomed Union Omaha, a professional America soccer team.
- The Creighton Bluejays are a top-performing private university team.
- University of Nebraska at Omaha’s Mavericks sports teams are active in many sports on and off of campus
This city is home to over 900,000 residents, many of which are known for their family-oriented, friendly demeanor.
Omaha experiences all four seasons, with high highs and low lows, so we suggest packing layers and taking a peek at VisitOmaha for seasonal events.
Where to Stay in Style
We’re all about stylish personalities, which is why we recommend the following three hotels.
The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel
The Kimpton Cottonwood Hotel is a revitalized landmark building, an elegant icon of it’s 1920’s architecture. Take a dip in the lavish outdoor pool or (in the winter) cozy up in heated bubble cabanas on the deck. Grab food and drinks in the Blackstone District (home of the reuben sandwich), directly outside of the hotel’s front doors. Rent a bike or order a chariot to take you the short distance to the downtown Old Market area.
Hotel Deco is the epitome of full-service - yet, quirky - luxury. This historic 14-story building was renovated into a full-service hotel in the 1980’s. It’s in the heart of the downtown area, and very close to the Orpheum Theatre, speakeasies, and eateries. From here you have easy access to the Old Market District, where you’ll find the next hotel.
The Farnam Autograph Collection
If you opt for a more modern hotel, you may consider The Farnam, Autograph Collection. See views of the gorgeous skyline and get a first-look at the riverfront renovation project that’s happening close by. This hotel is a great option for sports fans, because it’s so close to the TD Ameritrade Park stadium, home of June’s College World Series events.
Where to Watch Live Sports on T.V. in Omaha
We found some of the top-rated sports bars that are loved by Omaha locals for your game day viewing pleasure.
The Good Life Sports Bar & Grill
Locals recommend the Sriracha Bourbon Wings or Gouda Lobster Mac 'n Cheese.
They’re known for their chicken wings.
It’s in the name … order pizza!
If you’re traveling with kiddos, ask them about their free kids’ meals!
They consider themselves a “busy, unfussy bar for comfort food staples like burgers, pizzas, nachos & fries, plus sports on TV."
Unique Drinkeries in Omaha
If you're ready to leave the classic sports bar-vibe, head to one of these places for a drink after the game.
The Wicked Rabbit
We're really giving you the inside scoop. This bar purposely is under the radar. Google Map yourself there and be surprised by what’s inside.
Thunderhead Brewing Taproom
All beers are crafted in Nebraska.
The Berry & Rye
The Berry & Rye is an upscale cocktail lounge with a quirky atmosphere.
Top Attractions in Omaha
Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium
The Henry Doorly Zoo is the largest zoo in the world.
Escape to an urban oasis and enjoy lush, natural gardens and trails.
Joslyn Art Museum
For a calm step away from the commotion of sports, become introspective in a quiet museum that displays fine art pieces.
Bob Karry Pedestrian Bridge
Be in two states at once. Walk or bike this bridge over the Missouri River to have one foot in Nebraska and one foot in Iowa at the same time.
Where to Refresh in Omaha
Urbane Salon and Day Spa
Need a pick-me-up before the big game? Book a complete hair makeover, nail appointment, or spa refresh session at this salon located downtown.
Shopping in Style in Omaha
The Old Market
You may like to walk the cobblestone streets of the Old Market to pop into boutique and antique shops along the way.
Regency Court Omaha
If you're willing to make a short trek out West, you may like Regency Court, where you’ll find luxury lines in stores like Pottery Barn, Anthropologie, and White House Black Market.
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Omaha is very centrally-located in the United States and has a generally low cost of living, so consider Downtown Omaha, Nebraska as a fun, affordable Midwestern getaway.