Tighter Security at JUCO World Series 2013
KREX News Room
GRAND JUNCTION, Colo. JUCO World Series officials want the public to be aware of security changes at the ball park, made in response of the Boston Marathon bombings.
After the tragic incident, JUCO officials and the NJCA decided to boost security.
In addition to extra security guards at each game, attendees will have their bags checked at the entrance. While they can bring in large backpacks, they will be subject to the security check.
Officials also say no firearms will be permitted, including people with concealed carry permits.
Jamie Hamilton, chairman of the JUCO World Series, said,"It's just the new normal that we deal with. This is a world series, there is a number of international players. Who would have thought something would've happened in Boston, or any other type of event, so we're just making sure we have precautions."
Lance Balding, with the Fruitvale Lion's Club, has been selling tickets at JUCO for decades. He said, "We know some people aren't going to accept it very well, but we realize it has to be done. So we'll do our best to make it as enjoyable as possible to get through the lines."
Also new this year, attendees who exit the stadium cannot come and go as they please. Rather, they will have to re-enter at the main gate.
Patrons can still bring in soda, water and food into the games. As always, no alcohol will be permitted or sold at JUCO.