Grand Junction Rockies baseball home opener Friday, June 20
WHAT: GJ Rockies home opener
WHEN: Friday, June 20
WHERE: Suplizio Field, Grand Junction
COST: $9 for adults, $7 for kids
Fly balls, beer batters, and roars from the crowd …
Grand Junction Rockies Pioneer League returns with a six-game home stretch starting Friday, June 20. The season kickoff starts at 7:05 p.m. against the Idaho Falls Chuckers at Suplizio Field.
Can’t go this week? Don’t lose heart. The GJ Rockies 2014 season will last all summer, ending home games Sept. 2.
“Just under 100,000 people attended games last year,” GJ Rockies general manager Tim Ray said, with expectations to welcome even more fans this summer.
Colorado Rockies’ farm team relocated to Colorado from Wyoming in 2012. Heading into its third Grand Junction-based season, fans should be on the lookout for a few new amenities.
According to Ray, 12 home games will be televised on cable channel 16 (KGJT, part of KREX) — June 20, 21, 24, 25; July 4, 5, 25, 26; and Aug. 12, 13, 15, 16.
Plus, home games will feature a separate “kids zone,” complete with bouncy houses, games and T-ball.
“Along with the kids zone, we’re selling cotton candy and snow cones,” GJ Rockies assistant manager Mike Ruvolo said.
Other new concession items include turkey legs, burritos, tacos, and purple margaritas.
The “party deck” — located on the second level of Suplizio Field’s tower — is also open to rentals every night of the season for groups up to 50 people. Complimentary food and a cash bar is included in the rental price.
Season passes are still available for $315; daily tickets cost $9 for adults, $7 for kids.
Players to watch include Dom Nunez (#4), Kyle Freeland (#35), Henry Garcia (#44), Yonathan Daza (#2), and Omar Carrizales (#8), Ruvolo said.
“The Grand Junction Rockies have eight of the Colorado Rockies first 11 picks, including Forrest Wall, No. 35 overall, and Max George, sixth round out of Regis Jesuit in Denver,” he added.
For more information about the GJ Rockies and a complete game schedule, visit http://www.gjrockies.com.
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