A few adjustments have been made at the main south gate to Suplizio Field.
In an effort to get fans into the stadium quicker, and to ensure their safety, the gates at the football and baseball entrances will both be open.
Those with general admission tournament punch passes are asked to enter the gate toward the football side of the main entrance, with single-game ticket holders and those with reserved seats entering from the baseball side of the turnstiles.
Fans are allowed to bring in their own food and beverages, and may bring in a personal-sized cooler.
Bags and coolers will be checked for alcohol, which is not allowed at the stadium during the Alpine Bank Junior College World Series, and any other banned items.
The increased security, said Jamie Hamilton, the tournament chairman, is to help ensure safety of the fans attending the tournament. Bags and coolers will also be checked at the north gate and at the entrance to the outfield bleachers.
Gates open 90 minutes before the first game each day.
Get your tickets: It’s not too late to buy tickets to JUCO. Single-game tickets, both general admission and reserved, are on sale at the gate before each game. Tournament passes ($35 for adults, $25 students, seniors) are on sale at outlets throughout town and will be sold at the gate.
Single-game GA tickets are $8, $10 for the championship game or games. Single-game reserved tickets are $12 for day games, $15 for night games.
General admission seats are in the main grandstand, the outfield bleachers and the right-field bleachers. Reserved seats are in the first-base “Tower” section along first base and in bleacher areas marked with a “Reserved” sticker.
Hop on the bus, Gus: The JUCO shuttle bus runs from Suplizio Field to several hotels along Horizon Drive, eliminating the hassle of finding a place to park at the stadium or on a surrounding side street.
The shuttle, operated by Grand Valley Transit, is free by showing a JUCO tournament pass or single-game ticket.
The shuttle starts running 90 minutes before the first game of the day and leaves Suplizio every half hour, with the final bus leaving at 10 p.m. or one hour after the night game ends.
GVT buses will also be running their regular routes, so look for the bus marked “JUCO SHUTTLE.”
The shuttle stops at Suplizio, the CMU parking garage, the Ramada Inn, Courtyard by Marriott, Grand Vista, Holiday Inn, Clarion Inn, Double Tree and Quality Inn along Horizon Drive.
The opening weekend, Saturday through Monday, fans can park in the parking garage at Colorado Mesa University and either walk to the stadium or take the free shuttle, which will run every 15 minutes from the bus stop on 12th Street and Elm Avenue.
For questions, call Grand Valley Transit at 970-256-RIDE (256-7433) or go to http://www.gvt.mesacounty.us.
Parking: Parking at the stadium is free. The grass lot behind the left-field bleachers will be open throughout the tournament.
The entrance to the parking lot at the corner of 12th and Gunnison has been removed, so fans can enter off 12th street next to the Lincoln Park Barn and off Gunnison, between the golf course and the Grand Junction Parks and Recreation office.
Crosswalks: Fans are asked to cross North Avenue only at designated crosswalks; barricades will be placed on the medians to prevent people from crossing in the middle of traffic.
Fans who are walking from the west of the stadium and crossing 12th Street have a new marked crosswalk near the west entrance of the football stadium.
Sunday service: Local churches and organizations have joined together in a worship service at 8 a.m. Sunday in the Lincoln Park Bandstand area, in the grass area south of the Lincoln Park Barn.
Brian Holman, a former Major League Baseball player, will speak at the service, with his message “Keep Your Eyes on the Prize.” Holman, who played for Montreal and Seattle, is now a motivational speaker.
Debe Colby, an outreach director at one of the churches involved with the service, said the non-denominational service was started to allow people to attend a worship service on Sunday without having to get “dressed for church.” All fans are welcome to attend, dressed in their JUCO attire.