New security measures in place for JUCO World Series in Grand Junction
2013 NJCAA JUCO WORLD SERIES TOURNAMENT TICKET INFORMATION
May 25-June 1 at Suplizio Field
Adult tournament pass — $35 (19 games)
Student/senior tournament pass — $25 (19 games)
Single-game ticket — $8
Championship game ticket — $10
The Junior College World Series (JUCO) has called Grand Junction home for upwards of a half-century. It’s presence is more than tradition; it’s part of Grand Valley pride. And to keep the tradition safe, JUCO Tournament Director Jamie Hamilton said security procedures for this year’s week-long event will be upgraded.
JUCO kicks off Saturday, May 25, at 9 a.m. and it will play through June 1.
With up to 10,000 JUCO fans at Grand Junction’s Sam Suplizio Field at any one time, Hamilton said local law enforcement was invited to weigh in on ways to beef up security.
“We’re always looking at ways to be a bigger and better tournament,” Hamilton said. “The Boston Marathon spurred this change in security. We want to make sure that everyone is safe.”
New this year, at every point of entrance, coolers, backpacks and bags entering the stadium will be inspected by JUCO volunteers. There will also be a larger, paid security presence.
“Gates on both sides of the turnstiles at the main (south) entrance will be used to allow access into the stadium,” a JUCO news release said. Those with reserved seating and those buying single-game tickets should plan to enter through the gate to the right of the turnstiles, baseball side. General-admission punch pass holders should enter the stadium through the left gate on the football side.
“Alcohol has never been allowed,” Hamilton said. “If you have bottles of beer or Jack Daniels, we will ask you to take it back to the car or leave it with us. Food is allowed (into the stadium), and we want it to be a social event. … We are not going to be searching bodies.”
Though fans are asked to arrive a little earlier to alleviate congestion entering JUCO games, Hamilton said he didn’t expect delays to be of significance. Gates to Suplizio Field will open 90 minutes before the first game every day.
“We’re not going to impede people getting in and out,” he added. “We’re just being more attentive.”
Signs and volunteers will help direct everyone through the entrance process.
For more information about attending JUCO this coming week, visit http://www.jucogj.org.
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