GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. — After the cancellation of the 2020 Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, the JUCO Tournament Committee is happy to announce plans are underway for the return of JUCO to Suplizio Field in 2021.
This year’s tournament, May 29-June 6, will be adapted in accordance with Mesa County Health Department guidelines and will remain fluid as conditions change. Because of COVID-19 protocols, the tournament itself will be the primary focus. The pre-tournament banquet and other community events involving participating teams, including the youth clinic and Challenger game, are canceled this year.
Tournament protocols are being finalized, but fans will be allowed, at a reduced capacity still to be determined. As of now, these ticketing plans are in place:
a. To control the number of fans we will be offering reserved seating only and seating will be socially distanced
b. Those who purchased a reserved tournament pass in 2020 will be contacted with an option to renew seats
c. Additional ticketing availability will be fluid, and communicated through our website, jucogj.org, and local media leading up to the tournament.
The JUCO tournament committee is grateful for the cooperation and assistance of the Mesa County Health Department, City of Grand Junction, and the NJCAA to provide qualifying teams the opportunity to compete for a national championship in front of fans in Grand Junction.
“I would like to give a shout-out to Jeff Kuhr and the leadership of the Health Department for being accommodating to make this an event that’s safe for all and to help get our mental health back, because we need something,” Tournament Chairman Jamie Hamilton said.
“We’re going to try to make sure we have everything in place when the student-athletes get on the field. The bells and whistles that we’ve had for years probably won’t be there but we’re going to show what western Colorado people do and give them a chance to play for the championship they couldn’t last year.”
For updates about the tournament, go to jucogj.org.