JUCO World Series in Grand Junction Canceled Due to Coronavirus
The JUCO World Series has been canceled due to the coronavirus. Grand Junction will not host the JUCO World Series for the first time in over 60 years.
Grand Junction has hosted the Junior College Baseball World Series for the past 60 or so years. It's a week-long tournament that's held May 23-May 30 at Suplizo Field.
Unfortunately, due to concerns over COVID-19, the JUCO World Series has been canceled, according to KKCO. Here's the statement from the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA):
Following the recent recommendations from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the NJCAA has made the difficult decision to cancel all upcoming basketball championships as well as spring competition, effective immediately.
This means the JUCO World Series May 23-May 30 is canceled. All practices, regular season, postseason and national championship play are all canceled according to the NJCAA.
According to JUCO's website:
Fans who have renewed or purchased tournament passes will have their money refunded.
Tournament Chairman Jamie Hamilton says they're disappointed about the impact that this will have, but they expected it after the NCAA said they were shutting down Omaha:
I'm more disappointed with the impact it will have on the people who help us, the security people who volunteer their time, the Little League teams that help sell JUCO programs to raise some dollars for their own tournaments. It's going to leave a mark on a lot of people.
You can find out more about the cancellation of JUCO here.