Upper level of Lincoln Park Tower offers comfort and views
Kenny Johnson played baseball at Suplizio Field. He’s been to ballparks around the country.
When you talk to the financial advisor and vice president at the GJL Group of Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith in Grand Junction about his hometown stadium, he lights up.
“I’ve been to two Mesa games so far and was blown away at how much that thing has changed,” Johnson said of the renovation project.
He stepped onto Suplizio Field for the first time as a wide-eyed Central High School sophomore in 1995.
“Thinking of how it was then to now, it’s a first-class facility,” he said.
When an opportunity arose to rent the hospitality level of the new Lincoln Park Tower for a night during the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, he didn’t think twice.
“Most of our clients live in Grand Junction and have lived here for a long time and are very proud to live here,” Johnson said. “JUCO has been a staple in the community.
“With the new stadium and with that feature to be able to promote my business, reward my clients and incorporate JUCO and a great event, it was absolutely a no-brainer.”
Johnson sent out invitations to his clients to join him Sunday night in the upper level.
“We’re going to try to do it a couple of times, try to do it during the Rockies season, too,” Johnson said. “Not all of our clients are able to go, you’re limited to 80 spots, but it seemed like a great venue to do that. You’re at a relaxing baseball game in the summer, have a beer, it’s fantastic.”
Johnson rented the hospitality level almost sight-unseen.
“I’ve seen pictures. I couldn’t get through the gate keeper the other day. We went to a Mesa game and they gave me a hard time trying to get across the street, so I wasn’t even going to try to get up there,” he said, laughing.
The hospitality level is an open room, with windows nearly floor to ceiling on both the football and baseball side. Flat-screen televisions in the center of the room allow the game to be streamed so people milling about can keep up, or another game could be shown.
A bar at one end of the room will serve anything from soft drinks to beer, wine or well drinks, depending on the level of service the user orders, with several options for food.
Johnson’s guest list filled quickly.
“I had people calling and apologizing that they couldn’t make it,” he said. “They were saying, ‘I really, really wanted to go and check it out.’ We have the Sunday night game and it’s a holiday so it’s tough for some people to go.
“I can’t say enough about it. I wish I was a minor league player there.”