Grand Junction Hosting 59th JUCO World Series | Sports Destination Management

Grand Junction Hosting 59th JUCO World Series

Jun 02, 2016

The Alpine Bank National Junior College Athletic Association (JUCO) World Series is currently being played in Grand Junction, Colorado for the 59th consecutive year. There are 10 teams in this year’s field, with teams participating from junior colleges across the US, including Maryland, Iowa, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Arizona, Louisiana, Kansas, and two teams from Texas.

The week-long tournament, played at City of Grand Junction’s Sam Suplizio Field, kicked off Saturday, May 28th and culminates with a best-of- three series to determine the JUCO World Series Champion. Last year’s winner was Northwest Florida State College out of Niceville, FL. 

The JUCO World Series has become a staple on the Grand Junction community calendar and is always met with excitement as both local and non-local spectators rally for the event. In 2010 the National Junior College Athletic Association inked a deal with Grand Junction to extend the community’s contract to host the event for an unprecedented 25 more years. 2017’s event will mark the event’s 60th year in western Colorado.

Current or past Major League Baseball players who have competed in the JUCO World Series include: Kirby Puckett, Curt Schilling, Kelly Stinnett, Eric Gagne, Cliff Lee, John Lackey, Adam LaRoche and Bryce Harper.

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