Every game of JUCO to stream on Internet

Get the “boss button” ready — the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series is going viral.

The NJCAA will stream every game of this year’s JUCO World Series live on the Internet. There is no cost to view the games online, but computers must have a Windows Media Player installed. Mac users need to have Flip4Mac installed so they can watch the games on a QuickTime player. The games will be streamed at njcaa.org; there is also a link to the stream on the tournament Web site, jucogj.org.

“It’s worked out pretty well for us,” said Mark Krug, the NJCAA’s director of media relations. “It definitely exceeded our early expectations.”

Streaming video of volleyball in November drew more than 30,000 views, with the football championship game drawing 12,000 views, Krug said. The combined numbers for men’s and women’s basketball exceeded 100,000 views, and Krug expects the JUCO World Series to draw even bigger numbers.

Krug said at least three, possibly four, cameras will be used.

Wednesday, the JUCO Committee had its first meeting of the year, although several small groups have met the past few months to begin preparing for the 53rd annual tournament, which is May 29-June 5 at Suplizio Field.

Banquet tickets ($40 each) are on sale at the Grand Junction Area Chamber of Commerce and at the JUCO office in the Home Loan Building.

Tournament passes go on sale next week. Passes are $25 for adults, $20 for students and senior citizens. Children 5 and younger are free. Passes go up $5 each if purchased at the gate.

Single-game tickets, sold only at the gate, are $8, title game tickets (June 4 and 5) are $10.

Tickets outlets are all Alpine Banks, the Chamber of Commerce, City Market, Albertsons, Safeway and Wal-Mart stores, Gene Taylor’s Sporting Goods, B&H Sports, Harbert Lumber, Fisher’s Liquor Barn and the Mesa Mall office.

Back this year is Grand Valley Transit’s free bus shuttle to and from the games. The buses will start running one hour before the first game each day (6 p.m. for championship nights) and make their final run one hour after the night game ends.

Buses will pick up passengers at eight hotels on and around Horizon Drive (Super 8, Ramada Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Grand Vista, Holiday Inn, Clarion Inn, Double Tree, Quality Inn) and the Mesa State parking garage at 12th and Elm.

The championship game (or games) will be aired live on Altitude Sports & Entertainment.

The youth clinic is from 5-7 p.m. on May 27 at Suplizio Field. In addition to receiving tips from the tournament coaches and players, the radar gun used during the tournament will clock the young players’ pitches.

St. Mary’s will again have a bloodmobile at the games. Last year, 715 pints of blood were donated during the week of JUCO.

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