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New features await Grand Junction Rockies fans this season

Caitlin Row
crow@gjfreepress.com
Grand Junction Rockies fan Kurt Karneboge poses with mascot Corky Coyote under the bleachers at a Grand Junction Rockies game.
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GRAND JUNCTION ROCKIES HOME GAME SCHEDULE

All games start at 7:05 p.m., except for Sunday games starting at 4:05 p.m. The home game on Sunday, Sept. 1, starts at 6:30 p.m. because of fireworks.

Thursday, June 20, vs. Ogden (7:05 p.m.)

Friday, June 21, vs. Ogden (7:05 p.m.)

Friday, June 28, vs. Orem (7:05 p.m.)

Saturday, June 29, vs. Orem (7:05 p.m.)

Sunday, June 30, vs. Orem (4:05 p.m.)

Monday, July 1, vs. Orem (7:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 2, vs. Ogden (7:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, July 9, vs. Billings (7:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, July 10, vs. Billings (7:05 p.m.)

Thursday, July 11, vs. Billings (7:05 p.m.)

Friday, July 12, vs. Billings (7:05 p.m.)

Saturday, July 13, vs. Great Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Sunday, July 14, vs. Great Falls (4:05 p.m.)

Monday, July 15, vs. Great Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Thursday, July 25, vs. ldaho Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Friday, July 26, vs. ldaho Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Saturday, July 27, vs. ldaho Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Sunday, July 28, vs. ldaho Falls (4:05 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug 4, vs, Orem (4:05 p.m.)

Monday, Aug 5, vs. Orem (7:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug 6, vs. Orem (7:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug 7, vs. Orem (7:05 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug 8, vs. ldaho Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Friday, Aug 9, vs. ldaho Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug 10, vs. ldaho Falls (7:05 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug 11, vs. ldaho Falls (4:05 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug 21, vs. Missoula (7:05 p.m.)

Thursday, Aug 22, vs. Missoula (7:05 p.m.)

Friday, Aug 23, vs. Missoula (7:05 p.m.)

Saturday, Aug 24, vs, Helena (7:05 p.m.)

Sunday, Aug 25, vs. Helena (4:05 p.m.)

Monday, Aug 26, vs. Helena (7:05 p.m.)

Tuesday, Aug 27, vs. Helena (7:05 p.m.)

Sunday, Sept 1, vs. Ogden (6:30 p.m.)

Monday, Sept 2, vs. Ogden (7:05 p.m.)

Tuesday Sept 3, vs. Ogden (7:05 p.m.)

Wednesday Sept 4, vs. Ogden (7:05 p.m.)

GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — Stomping, clapping, a broken bat, catcalls to the beer batter …

“Come on #2, we’re thirsty!” a GJ Rockies fan good-naturedly called to a Greeley Grays ball player. “Take one for the team!”

And so went the GJ Rockies exhibition game Tuesday, June 18, where 1,532 folks (many of them decked out in purple) gathered at Sam Suplizio Field for a dry run of home games to come. And even though it didn’t count, the GJ Rockies were glad they won, 11-10. (The Rockies are part of the Pioneer League affiliated with the Colorado Rockies; the Grays are members of the Mile High Collegiate Baseball League.)

The regular season begins Thursday and Friday, June 20-21, with a home-game stretch against the Ogden Raptors; both games start at 7:05 p.m., with gates opening at 5.

And new this year, the State Farm Plaza (located at the right field line) will host live music from 5-6:40 p.m. at every home game.

“Get here early and watch batting practice,” said GJ Rockies General Manager Tim Ray, “Hang out for the entire game.”

The State Farm Plaza outdoor gathering place also offers stools and tables with full food and beverage options for purchase.

Ray additionally said the 2013 GJ Rockies season features some improvements over its inaugural year in Grand Junction (2012). With increased “points of sale” to purchase food and drinks around the stadium, lines will move faster. Plus, there are new menu items and even flowers to enjoy, placed around the concourse in wine barrels.

“We wanted to make it more fan-focused,” Ray explained.”There are quite a few changes here.”

To add to the festive ambiance at each home game, GJ Rockies announcer Ryan Bigley returns to the microphone with new music and the confident showmanship he’s become known for at Suplizio Field.

“I’m really excited and glad to be part of the team,” Bigley said, adding that he spent the entire off-season collecting music and sound bites to rev up the crowd.

“We love Ryan,” Ray said. “He’s very passionate.”

For more information about the GJ Rockies, visit http://www.gjrockies.com.


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